What to expect

CSCLeaders is a global leadership programme for 100 exceptional senior leaders selected each year from government, business and NGOs across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

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Why Participate?

Leaders benefit from:

  • broader horizons
  • Cultural Intelligence: a greater ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures
  • long-lasting relationships across the globe
  • a stronger impact beyond their circle of authority.

What to expect

  • Experiential learning; participants explore a real-life complex challenge
  • High level briefings visionary speakers and thinkers who have a stake in the challenge
  • Small group study tours to investigate, question, research and develop ideas
  • A global peer group; participants come from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds across the Commonwealth.


What sets CSCLeaders apart?

  • CSCLeaders is engaging, not passive. It creates an environment where decision-makers and strategic thinkers from across the Commonwealth work collaboratively; they share their experiences and, through discussion, debate, visits and small group sessions, take an international, multi-cultural approach to addressing a global challenge
  • CSCLeaders Alumni will continue to connect with an expanding network of global leaders from diverse sectors, cultures and countries which will create a rich environment for the exchange of ideas long after CSCLeaders has ended.


What is Cultural intelligence?

Cultural Intelligence is the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.

Organisations often appoint leaders for their IQ. Then, years later, sack them for their lack of EQ (Emotional Intelligence). Common Purpose argues that in the future they will promote for CQ - Cultural Intelligence. Participants on Common Purpose programmes, as they learn to lead beyond their authority, need to be able to cross boundaries: between east and west, and north and south; between faiths and beliefs; between public, private and voluntary sectors; and between generations.

Learn more about Cultural intelligence on the Common Purpose global website.

More Information

Global Leaders Report - An insight into the leadership learning from Part One of CSCLeaders 2014, based on interviews with participants

Highlights from previous years

Read more about Common Purpose's unique approach to leadership development

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About CSCLeaders

CSCLeaders is the renewal of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences - first run in 1956 – for the 21st Century, a partnership between international leadership development organisation Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).

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