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Lead, with a difference

Who we are

Lead, with a difference

Bold learning experiences shaping intentional, inclusive, courageous and connected leadership

Who we work with

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Connecting across differences

Common Purpose is a global not-for-profit on a mission to develop people who can cross cultural, institutional and social boundaries. Both at work and in society.

We deliver compelling, surprising, and powerful leadership programmes and workshops. We give people of all generations the skills, mindset and spark to find a common purpose.


programmes delivered over 30+ years


people have participated in a Common Purpose programme


reported the programme they took part in was good value for time

What we do

Giving you the spark to change your world


Programmes that match your professional development goals


Real solutions for your organizational needs


Real solutions for Higher Education

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Our impact

Energizing changemakers

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Paul Polman
Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus, Imagine & Former CEO, Unilever
"Common Purpose is truly unique in that it focuses on the leadership behaviours that will make this world a better place, for people, organizations, and society."
Ilka Dunne
Former Leadership, Culture and Young Talent, Rand Merchant Bank
"Common Purpose has partnered with us on a range of programmes for the bank, including our NGO leadership network. Common Purpose is always open to co-creating a programme that truly fits the place, system and people, and is therefore able to deliver initiatives that deliver on some of the most subtle of outcomes."
Shuvo Saha
Former Director EMEA Customer Programmes, Google
"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. "
Rakesh Khurana
Dean, Harvard College
"In our ever more complex and interconnected world without obvious historical parallels, Common Purpose developed a breakthrough idea about the importance of Cultural Intelligence to navigate this new world and its contradictions. It has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those involved in educating and developing future global citizens."