Next in Line: Five Steps for Successful Succession Planning

Next in Line: Five Steps for Successful Succession Planning

paper planes January 4, 2016 By: Andre Mamprin

A five-step exit plan created before a leader departs can help ensure organizational continuity and success.

Succession planning—the preparation to replace one leader with another— is one of the most difficult organizational management challenges associations face. Few events in the life of an association are as critical, visible, or stressful as when the leader leaves. The eyes of every member, employee, customer, supplier, and stakeholder are focused on the outgoing executive director or CEO. How such an exit is managed reveals the character and effectiveness of that leader and association....