Adapting to a more globalized world

Grasp uncertainty head-on in the face of wicked problems

Key information

Who's it for?

Senior global leaders


Asynchronous: 5 hours (10%)
Synchronous: 12 hours (25%)
In-person: 32 hours (65%)


£8,000 for full programme
£4,000 for asynchronous and synchronous sessions only


Experiential and blended


Virtual real-time sessions start: 21 Feb 2024 (Cohort 1), 8 Aug 2024 (Cohort 2)

In-person Deep Dive: 18-21 June 2024, Nairobi, Kenya


45 hours of CPD Credit

In a world that is increasingly brittle, anxious, non-linear and incomprehensible, a senior leader’s action or inaction will significantly influence the course of a business, for better or for worse. Yet despite these high stakes, uncertainty and ambiguity, people are typically under prepared and under-supported during the transition to new global roles.

For organizations to move forward, they need people with the skills and networks that modern global leadership expects. Are you ready to to face a rapidly changing world, head on and drive your organization forward to meet the needs of not only today, but the future?

Who we work with


Who is it for?

Senior experienced leaders who are in – or are about to make – a significant transition in their leadership, or need to operate more effectively and strategically at a global level requiring them to:

  • produce a wider, more inclusive impact
  • adapt and innovate at speed
  • make strategic decisions on wicked problems
  • have a strong sense of purpose
  • draw on differences in people, experiences and perspectives 

Beverley Hillary Ditsie
Independent Filmmaker, Ditsie Media
"This has been a journey in mindset shift. I am grateful as I've found that I have been approaching challenges slightly differently, and slowly believing that it is possible to change the world, however slowly and however small the scale."

The programme experience

What you can expect on your programme

Active transformational learning

Highly interactive, hands-on format, experiential, social learning offering an opportunity to practice new behaviours and learn by doing.

Real world

Rooted in real and live issues in a global context. Explored through the eyes of inspirational leaders who share how leadership works in their world.

Powerful networks

Access to ongoing support from a diverse peer group and where you can work together on personal leadership challenges that matter to you.

World class facilitators

Our facilitators co-design an experiential journey and psychologically safe space for learning in partnership with you, creating the conditions for rich feedback, open sharing, and experimentation

Skills, mindsets & knowledge

We explore the three conditions needed to thrive in an ever-changing world, from attitudes and perspectives, to taking an actionable approach

Practical tools and tactics

Real takeaways that you can continue to practice and apply in your everyday work

How it works

The programme themes

How to navigate and work with difference

Introduction to Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

Consider what is Cultural Intelligence, and why it matters to modern leadership.

Developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

Consider what is your multi-faceted culture, how it anchors people and what might we consciously choose to adapt/flex in our approach or behaviour to adapt and thrive.

Global challenges

Dive into the key challenges and opportunities across the globe as you explore their interconnectedness and the possibilities for collaboration.

How to take risks, experiment and learn fast

Cultures of experimentation

Investigate how to implement new ideas and solutions throughout an organization, so that they are not confined to certain departments, leading to greater innovation and resilience if nurtured.

The innovators' mindset

Exploring how you go about becoming an innovator yourself by developing the innovators mindset challenges. Supporting you to think about how the world works and therefore how you should think and behave in order to solve problems, overcome challenges, invent, discover and achieve success.

Solving wicked problems

Consider how leaders can connect the dots within global challenges, complex problems that no one person or group can tackle alone, build trust and influence in a world that is growing ever more complex.

How to have a bigger impact in a significant change in your role

Playing different roles

Consider how you can bring about a desired change during a leadership transition, with a particular focus on how playing different roles and taking different approaches might help us in moments of transition.

Leading in ambiguity

Exploring what does it take to really see the world through the eyes of others and how do you make ambiguity more understandable and hot to help keep others going when things get tough and uncertain.

How to have a bigger impact at work and in wider society

Setting a strategic direction

Investigate approaches that will help you to paint a compelling and inspiring picture of what that future will look like, setting the direction and creating a sense of shared purpose and guided behaviour in the process.

Purpose-driven conversations

Consider the importance of purpose-driven conversations, your own experience of them and how you can hold space for, engage in and enable these conversations as leaders.


feel better able to change their default position at work


feel better prepared for their next leadership transition


would recommend this programme to another person

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Jonny Donnelly
Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
"A lot of the skills explored are things that I deep down probably knew. But the point is that it was valuable use of time to test that knowledge, re-affirm it, bring it to the fore and be comfortable in leveraging it going forward, comforted by the fact that others have similar approaches."
Monica Ledezma Lara
KA and Tender Management Lead, Roche
"I was surprised with the level of interaction during the programme. It makes all the pieces fit into an interesting puzzle to drive transitions not alone, but accompanied virtually by a bunch of leaders that provide their best guidance so that we do not feel uncertain."
Mikhail Islam
Learning Design Consultant, BRAC University
"Most of the participants expressed a high level of commitment to assist in or facilitate colleagues' work. There is enormous potential to leverage the collective will, sentiment and intelligence of the leaders to collaboratively support each others' existing work for impact."

Learning outcomes

Get ready to successfully navigate leadership transitions and become


So that you can better work with difference

So that you can think, act, and influence strategically in the face of disruption and complexity.

So that you can better adapt and innovate at speed.

So that you can better leverage a kaleidoscope of cultures, experiences and perspectives.

Programme takeaways

A toolkit of resources to refine your personal leadership purpose.

  • Techniques to work more effectively with difference
  • Tactics for building trusting relationships 
  • A variety of active listening techniques
  • Processes for effective questioning and deep curiosity  
  • Methods to facilitate better conversations

Next steps

Are you ready?

Take that “next step” to invest in your professional success. Learn to lead more strategically at a global level and navigate your next leadership transition with real conviction.

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Applications now open

Programme details:

  • Online Learning now open for Cohort 1
  • Virtual real-time sessions start 21 February 2024 (Cohort 1) and 8 August 2024 (Cohort 2)
  • In-person Deep Dive (both cohorts): 18-21 June 2024, Nairobi, Kenya

*All virtual real-time sessions run for an average of 120 minutes per month.

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Important information

We run a limited bursary scheme for remarkable global leaders with a proven track record of social change. Reach out to your local team to find out more. 

We are also committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all its forms. 

We actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, backgrounds, and those from disabled communities.  

If you require adjustments to take part in the application process or to participate in the programme due to a disability, neurodiversity, caring responsibilities, or any other reason, you will be able to provide details in the application form or contact us by phone or email to discuss further.  

Frequently asked questions

The challenges and contexts of every organization are different so we believe that leadership programmes should be carefully crafted to what a leader is currently facing, but at the same time preparing them for what comes next.   

After your application form is submitted you will be contacted by a member of our local team to discuss your application and any further details needed.

Common Purpose offers participants two alternative methods of payment options so we can cater to all needs. 

  1. By invoice: This can be issued directly to yourself or your organization
  2. By credit card: Please contact a member of our local team who would be happy to facilitate this payment

Yes, if you have any further questions or would just like to discuss the programme in more detail, please reach out to a member of our team in your specific location who would be delighted to help.

We are a global not-for-profit leadership development organization on a mission to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries. We work passionately with people to help push the boundaries of what is possible. All so that they can become those who can help us to work better together, be the connectors of our unique lived experiences and lead, with a difference.

Yes! The Common Purpose Charitable Trust was established as a charity in 1989. It is registered with the Charity Commission under the Registered Charity number 1023384.

Experiential learning is a core component of our programmes.
Our programmes create a carefully constructed microclimate to explore real-life leadership challenges in a safe environment, often leading to the types of purpose-driven conversations needed to achieve transformative change.

We also focus on the importance of active learning, by getting people out of their comfort zones and into the world, seeing things, meeting people, taking part, and taking advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.

The benefits of Common Purpose leadership programmes include gaining increased:

  • Agility in adapting to changing circumstances and environments.
  • Empathy for what other people feel, think and need. Seeing things from their point of view.
  • Influence in leading change with limited decision-making power.
  • Openness to new ideas, possibilities and perspectives, including views they might deeply disagree with.
  • Purposefulness in leading with intentionality, determination, commitment and resilience.
  • Self-awareness of their behaviours and outlook, and how they interpret and respond to situations.

When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. Our approach uses a robust behaviour and mindset change philosophy rooted in real life leadership challenges and experiences. To turn those experiences into real learning we follow five tried and tested steps that lead to habitual change in how people think, feel and act.

  1. Experience: Being presented with new experiences. Engaging with leaders from across multiple boundaries and being immersed in new environments.
  2. Reflection: Learning activities to gain a deeper and more personalized understanding of the learning.
  3. Translate: Exploring how to relate new ideas and thought processes back into the learner’s role or context.
  4. Practice: Developing a set of leadership practices that can be used to turn new behaviours into habits.
  5. Assess: Embedding numerous assessments to help learners track their progress pre, during and even beyond the programme.

We are Common Purpose

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  • We deliver unforgettable and transformative learning experiences
  • Programmes for people at all levels of their careers
  • Gain the confidence, skills and mindset to be a purposeful change agent, with a difference

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