Transition of top-level leadership can present numerous challenges to organizations. In the first decade of the 21st century, the challenges are more acute than at any time in the recent past. The retirement of the baby boom generation, increased demand for accountability and performance of organizations, and the speed and complexity of technological change -- these factors only heighten those challenges. Transitions in high-performing organizations present a special set of problems because those organizations have features worth preserving, results that need to be sustained, and relationships that need to be kept intact. A first step is acknowledging and addressing both the pitfalls and opportunities presented by transitions among top managers. Transition need not be traumatic. Being explicit about what is worth leaving behind and what is worth preserving for the future is the foundation of a sound transition. In good transitions, information flows. Those managing leadership change know that secrets and surprises undermine. New leaders deserve to be prepared.
SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP: TRANSITION Joseph T Christy T + D; Mar 2009; 63, 3; Docstoc pg. 56 Reproduced with per
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