Succession Planning: A Case Study

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Businesses change, employees retire or move on to other positions, and roles are continually adjusted. In order to prepare for the inevitability that new personnel will be needed to fill open positions, organizations need to have a succession plan. Not preparing for the possible loss of individuals in key leadership positions could cause a loss in stability, disrupt continuity in operations, and affect the institutional knowledge of an organization (Harvey, Parry, & Vorbach, 2014). Succession planning is a process used to detect and train people to take over in key positions of an organization in order to maintain high levels of operations and leadership (Patidar, Gupta, Azbik, & Weech-Maldonado, (2016). Fundamental to succession planning is …show more content…
The South Florida proposal for succession planning will develop a transformational leadership training, utilizing the Full Range of Leadership model and consisting of promotable employees, in order to create effective leaders while maintaining high diversity and inclusion in the work environment. Recognizing key positions within an organization (i.e. specialized and strategic positions), creating a well-defined leadership program, identifying competent and committed employees, and preparing for future shifts in leadership will help maintain the continuity of organizational operations during times of change (Simoneaux & Stroud, 2014). This fits well with transformational leadership, since it is an encompassing and well researched model that includes the process of inspiring and transforming people through a range of vision, trust, empowerment, and high ethical standards (Northouse, …show more content…
Planning for these contingencies will allow an organization to continue unimpeded by fluctuations that occur within its leadership, while also cultivating the leaders of tomorrow from the employees of today. The encompassing nature of transformational leadership makes it an ideal choice to cultivate leaders for future key roles within the organization. Fully developed transformational leaders will be able to create a vision, and inspire employees to rise above simple self-interest and work towards a shared organizational

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