Founder syndrome

In his new article published on,  Marcus Coetzee says:

“ Founder’s syndrome occurs when a founder struggles or refuses to ‘change gear’ and adopt a new mindset, approach or skill set as the organization grows and as its strategic context changes. Rather than making way for a new leader to take the organization to the next level, the founder tries to hang on to power. The founder becomes unable to achieve the outcomes associated with effective leadership. The organization then becomes maladapted – inappropriately or poorly adapted to its environment”.

Marcus’ insightful article diagnoses the syndrome and prescribes some treatments and also preventative measures.  At ngoLAW we always advise those founding new organisations to think and build beyond themselves from the start, and we support the advice given by Marcus- read the full article here: