Grooming an Internal Candidate to Become the Next CEO

westman_grooming November 30, 2017 By: David Westman, CAE

When an association leader steps down, your board and staff leaders will be eager to identify and onboard the right replacement as soon as possible. While you can recruit outside talent, sometimes your next chief executive can be groomed from the inside.

In many associations, especially when there is an unexpected CEO departure, member leaders feel pressure to quickly find and hire a replacement. In some instances, it might make sense to bring in an outside leader with fresh perspectives and expertise. But there is also a risk that an outsider, previously unknown to the association, may not be a good fit, culturally and in other ways....