Common Purpose

Meridian develops leaders with the skills, networks and understanding to make an impact in their organization and across society.

Programmes for senior leaders

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Programme Start date Audience
Meridian 2019 28 February 2019 - 4 month programme Senior leaders Contact us
Profile 2019 26 & 27 June 2019 Senior leaders Contact us

As leaders become more senior, they find themselves delivering complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders. More than ever, they need to be able to collaborate with different people and understand the wider context in which they operate.

Meridian uses a real-world experiential approach to develop leaders’ skills, broaden their networks and enhance their understanding, so that they can make an impact within their organizations and across society.

We convene leaders from every corner of the city who share open accounts of their leadership challenges. We take participants to places and organizations where they can explore how leaders approach complex change in different contexts. On each programme, we guarantee a diverse mix of leaders from the private, public and NGO sectors.

Aideen Walsh, Senior HR Business Consultant, EY

“I 110% thoroughly enjoyed the programme and learnt so much from sharing insights, challenges and personal experiences with the full group. I can’t say enough about the programme – a wonderful learning experience from a personal leadership perspective.”

Who is Meridian for?

Leaders operating at a senior level, where they have to deliver complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders—both in their organization and across their city.

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External Stakeholders

Internal Stakeholders



Leading Beyond Authority

Our learning framework: Leading beyond Authority (LBA), underpins the participants’ leadership learning. People who lead beyond their authority can produce change beyond their direct circle of control.

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Learning outcomes

Common Purpose Meridian develops leaders who can deliver complex change beyond their circle of authority.


Become better able to build strong relationships that lead to successful collaborations



Become better able to develop strategies that produce change


Become better able to have an impact in unfamiliar contexts



Become better able to inspire others through your leadership style

Feargal McGill, Head of Games Administration and Player Welfare, Gaelic Athletic Association

"I found the Common Purpose course provided an excellent insight into different styles and approaches to leadership in Ireland and beyond today."

Stories from Meridian

My experience of Dublin Meridian – Sheena Barrett, Dublin City Council

My experience of Dublin Meridian – Ivan O' Brien, The O' Brien Press Ltd.

The programme

Online learning and group exercises

(One hour)

Our online accelerator allows time-poor participants to maximize their face-to-face experience at their own time and pace. The accelerator introduces participants to the Leading Beyond Authority learning framework, which will underpin the learning throughout the programme.

Month 1 Month 2 Month 3
Core Day 1: Plotting the Course Core Day 2: Broadening your Vision Core Day 3: Preparing to Lead Change
Learning Group 1 Learning Group 2 Learning Group 3

Face-to-Face (equivalent of 6 days over 4 months)

Three full-day modules allow participants to explore leadership themes as part of a diverse, cross-sector group. We convene senior leaders from across the city to share open accounts of their own leadership challenges and the ways they overcame them.

Common Purpose facilitates half-day immersion experiences in a range of different places including prisons, hospitals, schools, businesses and community organizations. Immersion experiences allow participants to experience leadership and decision-making in different contexts. Participants attend four immersion experiences from a choice of six.

Learning groups enable participants to deepen their learning as part of a small but diverse group. Each month, a different participant hosts a 3-hour learning group at their workplace. Here they work on their own leadership challenges.

Leadership Practices

Practices are short tasks or challenges to complete in between the face-to-face elements of the programme. Practices allow participants to extend their learning and gain further leadership insights during the programme.

360 Connect events 

Participants connect with other Common Purpose Alumni at annual 360 Connect events. As Alumni, they can continue their learning in a community of over 75,000 leaders worldwide.

Impact on Senior Leaders  

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92% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them gain broader networks 

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90% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them develop as leaders

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89% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them make better decisions 

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90% of senior leaders say our programmes enable them to drive bold innovation

Applying to the programme

We deliver two Meridian programmes annually in Dublin.

Applying for Meridian

Please fill in the online application form, choosing the date and location you want. If you have any questions on how to apply, or want to find out more about the Meridian programme, please contact the Dublin team on (01) 872 9322 or email Alternatively you can get in touch using the online enquiries form.


The programme fee is €5,500.

Bursary placements are available for those genuinely unable to meet the full fee. If you feel that you cannot pay the fee, please fill in the section on bursary support on the application form. 

Everyone who has completed a Common Purpose programme will be offered a 20% reduction on the fee of any future courses they attend.

My experience of Common Purpose - Charlie Sheil, The Marker Hotel

Charlie Sheil, General Manager at The Marker Hotel, Dublin, discusses his experience participating in the Common Purpose Dublin Meridian programme in 2016/17.

Kevin Daly, Commercial Delivery Manager, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

"What I really enjoyed was getting unfiltered access to some key leaders across the business, Government and NGO sectors who were brutality honest about their experiences and challenges, but also about their own limitations and how they overcame them."