Leadership Succession Planning: What’s Success Have to Do With It?

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There are many dimensions of leadership succession from board transitions to staff turnover, to engagement of next generations. In every case, leadership succession is fundamentally about the orderly transfer and/or sharing of power.

Planning for leadership succession is a process—a conversation and exploration to generate shared understanding and clarity of roles and responsibilities. In the process, succession planning shines a light on both values and tensions. Do we, for example, value mission over geographic focus? Legacy over outside perspective? Inclusion over manageability?

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