The Global Leaders Programme

For many, January is a time when we reflect on the past – so we can break with it.

We look back. We look forward. We imagine how we can be better. Different. Right now, leaders must do the same.

January is an experiential, global leadership programme that gives senior leaders – from business, governments and social sectors – the opportunity to make a major transition in their leadership. They gain the skills, networks and mind-set to face a rapidly changing world, head on. 

Shuvo Saha, Founder, Google Digital Academy

"In a global landscape characterized by constant disruption, leaders today need new approaches to leadership. January, and its proposition around Agile Creativity, is a unique opportunity for any leader who wants to thrive at a global level."

Why January?

January is for senior, experienced leaders who are in – or are about to make – a significant transition in their leadership, or need to operate more effectively and strategically at a global level.

In a world that is increasingly uncertain and ambiguous, January convenes participants around big courageous conversations on the most pressing global problems, such as sustainability, inequality and health and wellbeing – whilst also giving them the skills and networks that modern leadership demands.

What you will gain

Agile Creativity

The ability to adapt and innovate at speed – a new approach for leadership. 

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Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

The ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.

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A hyper-global network

A kaleidoscope of cultures, experiences and perspectives; cross-sector and representing six continents. 

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(Re)discover how to change the world

Exposure to new ideas and approaches to solving big problems, inspiring leaders to have a bigger impact in their work and society. 

The programme

The 2021 programme is a blend of online learning, a virtual three days in May (18–20) and four days face-to-face in September (7–10).


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March 2021

Highly interactive asynchronous content on our customized platform, which introduces participants to the programme’s core leadership concepts


  18–20 May 2021

Three days of dynamic, synchronous sessions, delivered in two groups to accommodate all time zones.


  7–10 September 2021

A deep delve into the big issues facing the world, where participants meet real leaders from diverse sectors and organizations.


January alumni continue to broaden their horizons and expand their global network by attending further deep dives into different global cities as part of future programmes. As Common Purpose alumni, they also gain the opportunity to continue their learning in an alumni community of over 90,000 leaders worldwide.

Find out more

Find out more about January by downloading the brochure.

ARI SENGUPTA, Managing Director, Chicason Group, Nigeria

“The exposure to global experts and learning from my peer group – leaders who in their various sectors, geographies, communities all thrive with a purpose – was the most amazing experience, which I will cherish! For many programmes across the world, this is not a normal offering. I now see my own issues in a different light, and can ask questions that de-fog my mind.”

Find out more

To know more about January, including further information on the price, impact and programme experience, please download the brochure.

You can also contact us.

Selection criteria

Each individual’s application needs to evidence that they:

  • are in – or are about to make – a significant transition in their leadership, or need to operate more effectively at a global level (For example, they may be a local leader who needs a global network to help make change happen, or a specialist who has or is taking on a much broader role, or they may be leading their team, organization or community through a period of change)
  • operate at a senior, strategic level in their organization and/or society and hold significant power or influence in their current role
  • are excited about the opportunity that January provides