Leadership programmes


Develop leaders who are effective in an increasingly diverse world

For nearly 30 years, Common Purpose has convened diverse groups of leaders from countless cultures in cities around the world. Our aim has been that by helping leaders to cross boundaries, they become better able to solve complex problems. We have worked with global organizations and world-class universities to do this.

Over time, we have developed a pioneering new methodology for how leaders can be effective in an increasingly diverse world. We call it Cultural Intelligence (CQ). CQ presents a compelling new way for organizations to approach Leadership Development and Diversity & Inclusion.

Riaz Shah, Partner , EY

Common Purpose’s core proposition around leadership and Cultural Intelligence is cutting edge, speaking to the heart of the leadership challenge of society today.

Cultural Intelligence

Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures. Our programmes develop leaders with CQ who can:

  • be more agile
  • drive innovation
  • be more inclusive with diverse groups
  • build trust
  • operate in uncertainty

Our Cultural Intelligence programmes

The streetwise mba®

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

CQ Accelerator

An online programme that helps people increase their Cultural Intelligence (CQ) through an experiential online learning process with colleagues and peers.


Common Purpose can support your organizational programmes as an external provider. Our deep local networks enable us to provide real-world experiential learning in over 100 cities around the world. Here participants use Core and Flex as they are immersed into places they might never visit, including prisons, hospitals, schools, businesses and community organizations.

Bespoke Solutions

Together we will diagnose your leadership development requirements, and co-design solutions using the Core and Flex methodology.


Global programmes

We run a number of global programmes that bring together leaders in different regions or international networks to develop CQ. These include programmes for senior and emerging leaders in Africa, South Asia, ASEAN and the Commonwealth.

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Can Common Purpose support your organization’s Leadership, Talent or Diversity & Inclusion strategy?