The Common Purpose Programme

Powerful, interactive online / blended 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/blended 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

For emerging leaders who want, or need, to

  • take on increased responsibility within their role
  • adapt quickly to ambiguous and changing situations
  • lead people and teams through challenging times
  • tackle complex problems involving diverse stakeholders or
  • discover how they can create a wider impact

12 October 2022 (UK, USA, ASEAN)
2 November 2022 (Ireland)
26 April 2023


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

The Common Purpose Programme for senior leaders

For senior leaders who want, or need, to

  • re-contextualize their leadership within the wider system
  • collaborate with increasingly diverse stakeholders
  • adapt quickly to a changing landscape
  • lead diverse teams and workforces through difficult situations
  • create positive, lasting change in their organization or in society

21 September 2022 (UK)
5 October 2022 (South Africa)
6 October 2022 (Ireland)
20 October 2022 (Hong Kong)
8 March 2023

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.
Each programme will also have a Common Purpose Connect event for programme graduates of that year  (in-person where possible)

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 online/blended 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/blended 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 2021

95%

of leaders are better able to adapt to new environments

96%

work better with people who are different from them

92%

act more courageously in difficult situations

93%

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."