The Common Purpose Programme

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

In these uniquely challenging times, the demand for effective leadership – in our organizations and in society – has never been greater. We face problems that are complex and interconnected – problems that can only be solved by leaders who see the bigger picture and adapt to an ever-changing context.

That’s why, at Common Purpose, we have distilled our 30 years of our unique leadership development experience into these two powerful online programmes for senior and emerging leaders. We believe that now, more than ever, we need to support and develop leaders who can cross boundaries, solve complex problems and produce change. 

The Common Purpose Programme for emerging leaders

3 September 2020

Open to participants in Hong Kong, India, Ireland, South Africa, the UK and the US.

The Common Purpose Programme for senior leaders

4 November 2020

Open to participants in Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.

Shuvo Saha, Director, EMEA Customer Programmes, Google

"Like everything else they do, Common Purpose’s approach to online learning is unique – their online programmes unlock the energy, insight and transformation that only ever comes when leaders from completely different worlds connect on such a deep level."

What will we learn?

Personal agility

Discover how to adapt quicker and thrive in a fast, fluid, ambiguous world.

Leading people

Develop your inclusive leadership and explore how build diverse teams, which are both innovative and resilient.

Transforming systems

Create a wider impact by learning how to solve complex, boundary-crossing problems involving multiple, diverse stakeholders.

* module areas taken from The Common Purpose Programme for senior leaders

Online learning that unlocks the power of perspective

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.

This fully online programme is brought to life through experiential content, inspirational contributors and real-time sessions where participants explore personal leadership challenges within a highly diverse, local peer group.

As Common Purpose alumni, gain the opportunity to continue learning in an alumni community of over 85,000 leaders worldwide.


Interactive online learning


Real-time workshops with experienced facilitators and inspirational contributors


Diverse, cross-sector, international cohort


Locally-focused sessions rooted in your own city or region


Mobile app that helps translates learning back into the role

Our programmes in 2019

95%

of leaders are better able to adapt to new environments

96%

work better with people who are different from them

93%

act more courageously in difficult situations

92%

are better able to influence beyond their circle of authority

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Nick Price, COO, The Neighborhood, WPP

"The biggest benefit we see from staff who attend Common Purpose programmes is their growth in perspective. That development of perspective, and ability to understand and empathize with the positions of others (in different situations), is such an invaluable leadership trait."

Ann Ukadike, Senior Manager, Human Resources, Nestoil

"You can always tell the department heads who have done a Common Purpose programme. They have a certain confidence – you can just trust them to drive things forward."