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

11 May 2022

Open to participants in the ASEAN, Australia, India, Ireland and the UK.

The Common Purpose Programme for senior leaders

9 March 2022 (Ireland, South Africa, UK)
21 April 2022 (Hong Kong)

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

CPD accredited

Emerging leaders programme = 25 hours of internationally recognized CPD credit

Senior leaders programme = 40 hours of CPD credit

Shuvo Saha, Founder, Google Digital Academy

"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 100,000 leaders worldwide.

Interactive online learning (12 hours a month)

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

Internationally recognized CPD credit

Our programmes in 2020


of leaders are better able to adapt to new environments


work better with people who are different from them


act more courageously in difficult situations


are better able to influence beyond their circle of authority

Want to find out more?

Leave your details and one of our team will get in touch. For information on programme fees and our bursary policy, please download the brochure.

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."