Common Purpose South Africa

Common Purpose is a global leadership organization devoted to developing leaders who can cross boundaries. Both at work and in society.

We deliver open programmes as well as customized, in-house programmes. Our career entry level is with students, and we deliver programmes for new graduates, staff in early to mid-career, as well as senior leaders. 

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.

Find out more about Common Purpose South Africa, our people and our governance.


Our approach to leadership development uses a robust methodology which creates lasting impact.

Common Purpose delivers leadership programmes in 100 cities around the world. Learn more about the impact our programmes have on individuals, organizations and society.

Lindiwe Mavuso, Founder, Afro-Optimist

"I’ve met people I never would have met, I’ve realized that entrepreneurs and leaders go through the same challenges as I do, I’ve been inspired by people’s achievements, resilience and ability to overcome adversity. I now have a new and valuable network I trust and I can tap into!"

Thusa: A campaign to help South Africans in rural areas during COVID-19

Shumani Tshifhango is young, emerging leader based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an alumnus of our 2019 streetwise mba in Johannesburg. Witnessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those who are less privileged in South Africa, Shumani created the Thusa campaign. Thusa aims to provide South Africans in rural areas and townships with vouchers that can be used to purchase groceries during the pandemic.