How to Transition Well in Leadership by Aaron Coalson

When a leader steps down, there are two things to be concerned with: the health of the leader and the health of the group. Life happens, seasons end, people move. Serving as a leader will have a start date and an end date. We will all eventually have a ‘last night’ as leaders. The question is not if you’ll transition in your current leadership role, but when.

As leaders, we should all plan for that moment well.

This means not only leading with integrity, but transitioning with integrity, keeping your character in tact.

Henry Cloud says: “Character transcends gifts and the context of the expression of those gifts. We need our gifts, but without wholeness of character—integrity we are calling it—our gifts will become unusable…
Disfunction is: when an effort toward making something better makes it worse.”

Too many leaders, in both church and business, step down from leadership too soon, too impulsively and as a result, undo much of the work they had done during their time as leaders. Not just their work…their leadership influence did as well. So in order to transition well, there must be planning and intentionality.

Here are 3 Steps to transition well: 

1. Be a leader developer
If you are not developing leaders, your transition will be stressful and difficult, for you and for the people you’re leading. Refusing to raise up leaders is shortsighted and selfish, aiming only to see today and not tomorrow, focused only on your impact and not others.

Here’s a secret to lasting leadership: Your greatest impact as a leader is through raising up other leaders.

What’s better? Leading a group faithfully for two years or leading a group that shares ownership and over time produces two more groups that triples the impact of the single group? This is why I believe leadership development is the most exciting part about leading. Getting to see God do through others more than I could accomplish in myself.

Leadership Development not only shares in the mission today, it plans for the mission tomorrow. The question is not if you’ll transition in your current leadership role, but when.

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Source: Church Leaders