A critical examination of research in the development of adult life and psychology of adult learning as it applies to fostering growth and development experiences for adults. Implications of these theories and characteristics applied to adult learning and instruction and the impact in various organizational settings, both formal and informal. Attention given to different stages of adult growth, the development of learning goals, and learning environments. Learners gain knowledge and discourse on own developmental needs to exercise on behalf of being leaders; provides theoretical basis for working with adults.