It is important to consider what will happen when you step down as the owner of your business. You may also have key positions that will need filling if your current company leaders move on or retire. A good succession plan can help you realize a smooth transition and avoid disputes that could tear apart your enterprise.
Some business owners have adult children who will take over as owners or as key leaders. However, your children may want to pursue other occupations. If so, you could look to your employees for possible leaders. Consider the following actions that may help you develop your succession plans.
Talk to potential successors
Before naming your successor candidates, Entrepreneur suggests asking your potential business leaders some questions. Ask about the career goals your candidates have. One employee may want to climb the company ladder, indicating the worker has ambition and drive. However, you may learn that another worker has no interests beyond his or her current position.
You could also ask what an employee wants to achieve at your business. The answers to your questions may help you find potential successors for specific positions if their interests line up. Your conversations might also help you identify areas where your successor candidates need training and development.
Consult with your company leaders
As the owner of your business, you know what your successor needs in order to take up your role when you decide to step down. To prepare candidates to fill other positions in your company, ask the current holders about their expectations for successors. You can also develop plans for your company leaders to mentor their successors.
A strong succession plan should include different processes to fill your leadership positions. Taking measures to identify the right successor candidates may assist you in this endeavor.