Leadership programmes


Programmes for senior leaders

The Common Purpose Programme

Powerful, interactive online learning for leaders who want to cross boundaries.


An experiential global leadership programme for senior leaders from business, governments and social sectors across the world as they transition to become global leaders – at work and in society.


A local programme that deals with real-life leadership issues and insights in your city. It is designed for leaders who want to improve their ability to lead in any situation. It is also run in Germany as Matrix and in Turkey as Meridyen

ASEAN Leaders Programme

A Common Purpose leadership programme for leaders in the ASEAN and the wider region.

Programmes for emerging leaders 

The Common Purpose Programme

Powerful, interactive online learning for leaders who want to cross boundaries.

The streetwise mba®

A programme for inclusive leaders: to lead diverse teams, serve diverse customers and work with diverse stakeholders. 

Africa Venture

The Africa Venture will develop emerging leaders from across Africa through a leadership programme that will include focused, personal, privileged and generous interaction between this rising generation of leaders and former Heads of State and Government from the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid.

American Express Leadership Academy

A free leadership development programme for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

Indo-Pacific Venture

An annual leadership programme that develops exceptional emerging leaders from government, businesses, academia and NGOs, active in the Indo-Pacific (South Asia and South East Asia) region.

Programmes for students  

Global Leader Experiences: Home

We convene a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international group of students who go off campus to tackle a global challenge in the city in which they are studying.

Legacy Initiatives

Legacy Initiatives are for young people aged 18-25, from across a city or country. They challenge a generation to think 20-30 years ahead – to a significant anniversary for their city or country – and think through what their legacy will be. Find out more about Legacy Initiatives here


Chicago200 convenes a diverse group of young leaders from across the Chicagoland area to address the question: "What will we make our city known for by its 200th Birthday?"


Boston401 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Boston to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?”


Inspired by the visionary leaders who founded the NHS in 1948, UK101 asks young people from across the UK "What kind of leaders do we want our generation to be?”


Commonwealth100 equips the next generation with Open Source Leadership, a new model of leadership, created by young people who will be the Commonwealth’s leaders by its centenary in 2049.