Common Purpose is an international, not-for-profit organisation
that has been running leadership development courses which mix
people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors since
We help people, organisations, cities and regions to succeed, by
broadening the horizons of their leaders and developing their
ability to work together to lead complex change.
"Of all the leadership programmes that I know of, those
run by Common Purpose are by far the best, you only have to see the
lasting effect on those who have participated in them to know that
they work and work well. Civil society in a wide range of countries
has benefited hugely from Common Purpose."
Professor Charles Handy,
Management writer and broadcaster
An introduction to Common Purpose
What does Common Purpose do?
- Common Purpose deals with real life issues and
insights, so our courses are neither
classroom nor lecture based. We go beyond standard
leadership models and learn instead from the successes and failures
of leaders from all sectors. Participants are taken out of their
familiar environment so that they examine why, when and how they
- People apply for our courses from many different
backgrounds and diverse outlooks. This creates an
environment in which participants learn to adapt and thrive,
opening up to working with different people, in new ways and
- We connect people who might otherwise never
meet. As a result, participants develop lasting
relationships that encourage collaboration.
- We give participants an understanding of the local context in
which they do their jobs, the impact of their decisions and the
contribution they can make. And because we operate in countries
across the world - and connect them up - participants are exposed
to the broader international