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Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning For Nonprofits

By: Tim Wolfred Publisher: CompassPoint I Published: 2008 Resource Added: 2013

This best practices article written for nonprofit leaders emphasizes the importance of succession planning as sound risk management, shared leadership, and a way to involve the board meaningfully in the organization’s work. The article outlines three types of succession planning: strategic leader development, emergency succession and departure-defined succession planning. For each type, the author describes when and how to begin it, key steps and the board’s role. The author also describes how to handle the emotional aspect of succession planning, including how a leader can know it’s time for new blood, grooming successors, off-boarding leaders, and understanding generational differences in leadership styles.