A unique leadership development programme for established leaders which is locally rooted and available in Cork.

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What is Focus?

A leadership programme for established leaders from all sectors and backgrounds based in places that are dispersed or more remote.

Over six days participants examine their locality and the world that surrounds it. They explore a range of real-life leadership challenges - based in anything from a prison to a casualty unit; a trading floor to a production plant; a rehab centre to a radio station - in small groups, learning constantly from each other, the contributors and the experience of operating in very unfamiliar situations.

The result is that participants develop an understanding of how their area really works, the impact of their decisions and become more effective leaders at work and in wider society.



"I was interested in doing the Focus programme because it is so broad and cross-sectoral.  I work for a government department as well as voluntarily for not-for-profit organisations and in all these roles I have to be able to communicate well with private organisations and individuals.  Often people in different sectors speak completely different languages and it's important to me to be able to break down these 'language barriers'."

Eoin MacCuirc, Assistant Principal, Dissemination Unit, Central Statistics Office

What is Focus programme format?

Focus is a six-day programme that spans a six month period. On each programme day, the participant group meets at a different venue within the area so as to give them a range of perspectives.

Together they work on real-life challenges, collaborate with their peers from different sectors, attend site visits, quiz experts, explore solutions with panel discussions and  expose themselves to different approaches to leadership throughout.

Where are Focus programmes held?

Focus is run in Cork only at present.


How can I apply to attend a Focus programme?

Please contact your local Common Purpose office for more information and to obtain an application form for the programme.

For more about the overall application process and to initiate the process online, please visit the application page.

What is the cost to attend Focus?

The course fee is €4,000.