In our time as leaders, we look at the decisions we make to grow our business, advance the efforts of our organization, recruit more help in nonprofit groups, and at the financial success or failure we have had. As time passes and we look to either advance further or retire, we may even think of the legacy we leave behind in the job we have done, but one mistake most people make is not picking our successor.
Quite a few years ago, there was a leader I thought a lot of in a nonprofit organization I was involved with. He was in charge of the organization at the state level and I remember him telling me that the first thing a person does after taking any position of leadership is to select your replacement. It took me a few years to realize what he meant by it, but many years later when I was in charge at the local level, sure enough his words rang through my mind. In a nonprofit organization, you want to be certain that someone is always ready to take over if you can no longer spend the time in leadership, but this applies to any management or corporate level situation too because we never know what is around the corner and when someone may be needed to take over.
In an article I read about how not to go about succession planning, this very idea of succession planning makes for smoother transitions in leadership too. In another clip regarding the same topic, and following with many of the blog posts I have made about leaders in general, you can help your organization continue forward by helping others understand your successes, failures, and the why to both parts to foster moving forward faster, more efficiently, and more easily. Succession planning also does not mean selecting just one person, but selecting a couple that may be potential candidates to fill your shoes and gets help by having open communication, coupled with learning, in any organization-corporate, nonprofit, or team you belong to.
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