Traditionally conceived and executed succession planning, limited to a static list of names positioned for a few top spots, can derail even the most promising young executives. Organizations should implement robust succession development programs to identify potential successors and start the grooming process early enough.
Succession development of future leaders is a long-term process for managing the talent roster across the organizations and as such, paramount to the success of most organizations.
In a time when baby-boomers are en masse moving out of their executive positions, there is a tremendous need to quickly and efficiently develop new leaders who can take the helm of these executives. Organizations that fail to develop strong future leaders will inevitably be confronted with decidedly sought after high-potential talent heading elsewhere.
You don’t want to see your new leaders been thrown in the deep end of the pool with no life preserver and drown. The importance of supplementing the leadership track with a mentorship program is difficult to overstate.
Most successful executives, when asked about their success, talk about influential individuals who taught them, guided them, provided insights, shared their wisdom, and kept on challenging them.
The most powerful leadership development programs are ones that include a variety of developmental experiences. Classroom learning, 360-degree feedback, job rotation, stretch assignments, coaching, action learning, and mentoring are examples of developmental practices that can be adopted.
Research shows that leaders find informal mentoring programs to be more effective than formal programs.
What are the benefits of mentoring as a learning practice in leadership development?
While we were discussing this topic, Gerrit told us about his son of 9 being so interested in Ambits. That's how we came up with the idea of asking Maxime about his ambitions and his plans for the future.
This video interview of Maxime (in Dutch) was not rehearsed or set in stage. His only preparation was in thinking about our questions a few days before the interview.
Future leaders who go through a succession development program are better equipped to fill strategic positions within the company to achieve mission-critical goals, better mirror the diversity of the employees, and have broad, cross-organizational knowledge.
Mentoring has proved valuable to the overall stability and health of an organization and plays a vital role in future organizational leadership.
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