Organizational Lifecycles and Leadership


March 19, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm


The NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111


Stewart Lanier


There are unique management and leadership needs at different stages in an organization’s lifecycle. How can you identify where you are, where you might be going and what’s the best way to help you get there? In this workshop, you’ll become familiar with two developmental organizational models, identify the stage of your organization, and consider the implications for management and leadership structures.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Be familiar with two organizational lifecycle models related to leadership and management needs: “Sizing Up” and the Adizes’ Lifecycles/Management models
  • Identify where their organization is using the “Sizing Up” model and understand the implications for leadership roles and strategies for each stage
  • Identify where they are in the Adizes lifecycle model and identify the types of management and leadership functions they need to strengthen
  • Identify at least one action step related to leadership development

Target Audience

This workshop is especially relevant for executive and board members of startups and relatively young organizations. Leaders in older organizations will find it useful if they are considering developmental growth or restructuring.

About the Trainer

P. Stewart Lanier has over 25 years’ experience supporting and guiding nonprofit organizations through developmental and transformational change. Over the course of his career he has worked effectively in a wide range of nonprofit arenas including community organizing, domestic violence, faith-based, healthcare, youth development, state government, and networks/coalitions. Stewart has a special interest in helping leaders engage their internal and external stakeholders in sustainability planning and capacity building. His work in recent years is increasingly focused on integrating social justice values with strategy and operational practices, including addressing the enduring race leadership gap in the nonprofit sector, as well as incorporation of power equity frameworks in nonprofit leadership. Stewart has served as interim executive in nine organizations, including director and deputy director positions. As a white male, native of Arkansas and raised in Georgia and Florida, he is committed to lifelong learning about race, class, gender and sexual identity privilege. He is a facilitator of the White People Challenging Racism course offered by Community Change, Inc. He is the 2016 recipient of the Drylongsjo Award from Community Change Inc. for his commitment to racial justice. In addition to holding a Masters of Divinity from Emory University, Stewart received experiential training in racial inclusion and whole systems processes from American University, earning a MS, with distinction, in Organizational Development.

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Nonprofit Governance


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