How to Create a Strong Leadership Succession Plan With Mentoring

One of the most important factors that lead to a company’s success is succession planning. Through this, business owners are able to identify who among their own assets can become the next leaders in the company. Of course, their main goal is to find those prospects that will perfectly fit the company and are willing to acquire knowledge, develop their skills, and become part of the business for the long term. It is also through mentoring that business owners could foster satisfaction among the workers in the company. As a result, there is also a higher level of employee retention.

An effective leadership succession plan is very much achievable through mentoring because it does the following:

1. Mentoring is key to bringing new staff up to speed in the shortest possible time. On certain levels, the reason for this is that leaders work as a unit and they aim to create teams. On other levels, mentoring is aimed at helping new members of the company to easily understand what their jobs are and how they should perform them. Plus, mentors make it clear to them that career advancement is a huge possibility for as long as they work to achieve it.

2. Through mentoring, employees get more satisfaction in their positions. In short, mentoring programs make sure that employees involved have a clear understanding of what they are doing so that they could feel good about themselves and what they do. The result of this is lower rates of employee turnover.

3. Those workers who take part in mentoring programs become more productive and they are likely to produce high quality work. For one, this is because they are made to feel comfortable with the jobs they are expected to perform. Also, they are given easy access to those individuals who can help them when they need any form of assistance. This leads to fewer mistakes committed and timely completion of work.

4. Mentoring programs help keep company workers motivated. Since these employees are well appreciated and are made aware of their effectiveness at work, they are open to developing their skills further to become better employees. They are also likely to stay committed to their jobs and the advancement of their careers within the company. And once workers know that they can enjoy career growth later on, they will become more dedicated to their work and loyal to their employers. Employees involved in mentoring programs also set goals and have the willingness to help other employees to be successful.

By making a mentoring program part of your company’s leadership succession strategy, businesses are in the position to have a unit in which company employees work together not only for the growth of the business itself and their careers.

Simply put, mentoring a succession planning helps organizations or companies set the path for their success. Instead of bringing in new people to be considered to assume leadership roles in the company later on, business owners make use of mentoring programs to identify who among their workforce has the potential to take on such positions.


Cecile Peterkin, Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Centre, provides career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe. Download your FREE copy of our Career Guidance E-Book at: Cosmic Coaching Centre .Leverage the mind-share of retiring Baby Boomers and senior manag...

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