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Why succession planning matters

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2023 | Business Law

If you’re a business owner, numerous areas of your company require your attention every day. So, it’s understandable that creating a succession plan isn’t at the forefront of your mind.

Still, creating one is integral to the continued success of your business and ensuring your legacy.

What could happen without a succession plan?

A succession plan is the process of identifying and training future leaders. It helps prepare a business for future contingencies, such as a leader stepping down or passing away. Without a succession plan, a company can face negative consequences, such as:

  • Chaos, confusion and loss of productivity if there is no one in a leadership position
  • Employees may be uncertain about a company’s future, leading to decreased morale and high turnover
  • Loss of business knowledge and insights from veteran leaders
  • A change in leadership without a clear plan can harm a company’s reputation among clients, vendors, and investors

A well-thought-out succession plan is crucial for a smooth transition of leadership. It should consist of:

  • Identifying key roles for which successors are needed.
  • After identifying critical positions, the next step is to identify current employees who could potentially fill those roles in the future.
  • Plans need to be developed that focus on leadership training and mentoring.
  • When the time comes for the successor to step into their new role, there needs to be a transition plan that minimizes disruption to the business.

To be effective, a succession plan needs to be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it reflects changes in the business and workforce.