Leadership programmes

Leadership development solutions for organizations

Bring the outside world... in

When it comes to developing leaders – there’s no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. Common Purpose is known for designing and delivering some of the most compelling, surprising and powerful learning experiences you will find.

Our approach confronts participants with leaders and real-life scenarios from across the spectrum of society – in a way that is both challenging and inspiring. We then use a structured learning pathway, so they can then translate this into leadership skills and behaviour change.

Whether you are looking for standalone workshops, or a suite of in-house programmes tailored to the needs of leaders at every level of your organization, we are here to work with you.

Why Common Purpose?

An injection of real-world experience and diverse perspectives

It's made possible by our diverse community of over 100,000 alumni and many more supporters, hailing from every imaginable sector, across 150 countries worldwide.

An experiential learning pathway

Our learning design focuses on translating our powerful experiences into sustained learning and behaviour change.

Cross-Boundary Leadership

Our programmes utilize our own thought leadership in Cross-Boundary Leadership. Visit our Knowledge Hub to watch TED talks from the Common Purpose team and find out more about our Founder's bestselling books – Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Leading Beyond Authority.

Impact framework

Our Impact Framework underpins all our programmes and allows us to track learning against some of the most important skills needed by leaders today (Agility/Empathy/Influencing/Purpose/Openness/Self Awareness).

Find out more

Download the full brochure to find out how we can work with you.

Lorna Jones, Leadership & Talent Development Manager, Co-op Group

"We chose to work with Common Purpose as the programme they proposed was exciting, experiential and provided our leaders with access to an incredibly diverse range of leaders from beyond our business. The programme has helped our leaders to adapt at speed and respond to the challenges they have had to face during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Who do we work with?

American Express Foundation

BNP Paribas


Co-op Group




Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM)


of Common Purpose participants work better with people who are different from them


are better able to lead a diverse team


act more courageously in difficult situations

Ilka Dunne, Leadership, Culture and Young Talent, Corporate and Investment Banking, Rand Merchant Bank

“Common Purpose has partnered with us on a range of programmes for the bank, including our NGO leadership network, our Manager Programme and on various team sessions. Common Purpose is always open to co-creating a programme that truly fits the place, system and people, and is therefore able to deliver initiatives that deliver on some of the most subtle of outcomes.”

The Common Purpose Programme

The Common Purpose programme provides leaders with an invaluable opportunity to contextualize (and re-contextualize) their leadership within the wider system. Participants unpick essential aspects of leadership, by exploring them through the eyes of others.

Diversity in Leadership

For over 30 years Common Purpose has worked tirelessly to promote diversity in leadership – in organizations and in society. Discover how our proven, practical approach enables organizations in the UK to support the development of leaders from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and genuinely deliver on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Conversations with Purpose

Sometimes purpose-driven conversations in organizations emerge as a result of world events and social movements like Black Lives Matter or #MeToo. In order to make change happen, organizations and their leaders must be ready to have these conversations and to have them well.

Drawing on our research and the input of a global community of senior HR professionals, we have developed a new model that better prepares leaders to start and sustain conversations with purpose.

CQ Accelerator

The CQ Accelerator is an experiential online leadership programme designed to grow the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) of your organization as a whole. Created to be delivered at scale, the programme enables organizations to become more inclusive, which leads to greater innovation and increasingly resilient teams.

Open programmes

Leaders develop the ability to cross boundaries as part of a diverse, cross-sector participant group. Find out more about our upcoming open programmes for leaders at different levels, delivered in cities around the world. 

Bite-sized learning

Common Purpose UK is now offering bite-sized, impactful leadership learning for your organization at an attractive cost per head – delivered online. Choose from a two-hour or half-day workshop to bring new perspectives and ideas to the leadership challenges currently facing your organization. 

Next steps

If you would like to explore how Common Purpose can help your organization, get in touch and one of our experienced learning designers would be delighted to talk further.