The Global Leaders Programme

January. A fresh start. 

A global transition.

January is an experiential global leadership programme for senior leaders from different sectors, organizations and geographies across the world as they transition to become global leaders – at work and in society. Together they form an incredibly diverse and purpose-driven network, and develop the skills, mind-sets and behaviours needed to thrive in a diverse, disrupted and disjointed world. 

The transition

January participants are highly effective in their specialism or geography and want or have to step up or out to lead effectively at a global level – a transition which many find to be one of the most challenging of their career. It requires them to lead increasingly diverse teams and stakeholders from multiple cultures, to adapt to meet rapidly changing demands, and to broaden their horizons – constantly positioning and repositioning themselves within the global context. 

Shuvo Saha, Director, EMEA Customer Programmes, Google

“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?

Common Purpose

Diverse group

Participants join a global group of diverse and dynamic leaders who help to deepen their understanding and widen their perspective of the rapidly changing world that they all want to thrive in. A group which might include:

  • Chief Executive of a First Nations organization
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor of a major UK university
  • Managing Director of an African conglomerate
  • President of a Foundation in Brazil
  • Deputy CEO of a public service department, Singapore Govt
  • London-based Head of Department in a global utilities company
  • Director of an award-winning Environmental Social Enterprise in Auckland


Powerful outcomes

Agile Creativity – the ability to adapt and innovate at speed. Common Purpose, working with Google Digital Academy, has developed an approach, which enables leaders to change direction fast and thrive in complex and ambiguous environments.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) – the ability to cross boundaries, between sectors, specialisms, geographies, generations, backgrounds and beliefs – and thrive in multiple cultures. Common Purpose’s unique CQ methodology develops leaders who are more inclusive, so they build more innovative and resilient global teams.

Collaborative Leadership – leaders work with a global network of peers who broaden their horizons and continually support, challenge and inspire.

Disruptive Experiences

January takes leaders out of the classroom, immersing them into experiences they would not normally be part of, and exposing them to unfamiliar situations, communities, contexts and organizations. These experiences are disruptive; Common Purpose’s learning frameworks and their diverse peer group make sure they are transformative.

Reconnect to purpose

As a result of the real experiences, challenge and new relationships they form, many participants reconnect to their purpose in a powerful way. This reinforces the difference they make to others and renews their drive to make a wider impact in the world. 

Nnaji Igwe, Chief of Staff, Nestoil (Obijackson Group), Nigeria

“Being immersed in an incredibly diverse environment with Common Purpose has better equipped me to work with diversity, to deal with people from different backgrounds, perspectives and ways of thinking.”

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).



March 2021

An online module introduces the group to our leadership frameworks, which deepen the learning process.

Can be completed in the participant’s own time at any point before May. Takes 2-3 hours.


  18–20 May 2021 (Four days)

Participants hear international perspectives and experiences of diverse leaders worldwide who share their own stories of transition, Cultural Intelligence and Agile Creativity. They are immersed in real case studies of complex global problems, where they test their learning and see the potential impact of their leadership, in their work and wider society.


  7–10 September 2021 (Three days)

Participants draw from the virtual deep dive and go deeper into exploring transformative leadership. They reflect on the behaviours they have practiced and set actions for further developing their Cultural Intelligence and Agile Creativity in the months ahead to fully explore the impact of their leadership.


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 85,000 leaders worldwide.

The impact

Feedback from our programmes for senior leaders:


are better able to adjust their behaviour to adapt to culturally diverse situations


are better able to lead a diverse team 


are better able to create the conditions required for innovation to occur


feel more prepared to contribute to their organization, city or community

Paul Polman, Co-founder & Chair, IMAGINE

“There is no question that this world is changing faster than ever and that the pace of change will only increase. Companies and leaders who will survive – and thrive – are the ones who are agile, resilient and can continually reinvent themselves. They also have a deep sense of their purpose that anchors them. Common Purpose is truly unique in that it focuses on the leadership behaviours that will make this world a better place, for people, organizations and society.”

Programme information

Key dates

March 2021, Online Introduction
1820 May 2021,
Virtual Deep Dive
710 September 2021,
Face to Face, Google Digital Academy, London

Participant fee:

£8,000 + VAT

There are some partially funded places for participants who are genuinely unable to meet the full fee.

For more information, 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