Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 2.12 Succession Planning: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • Succession planning is a strategy that an agency can use to pass down leadership roles to other employees and can equip them with the knowledge they need for their future roles. Having a succession plan is very beneficial to the employers and employees alike. Part of an effective succession plan is employee development, a key component to prepare employees for career advancement. It will help employees feel more prepared when they step into the leadership role to help keep things running smoothly and with minimal interruption during a transition.

  • Succession planning refers to the process of identifying and developing potential future leaders within an organization. In a recent discussion on this topic, Lt. Colonel Wellington Scott highlighted several key elements of effective succession planning. These include sharing the organization’s vision and values, empowering staff, maximizing success, articulating expectations, creating a conducive environment, prioritizing creativity, providing feedback, managing failure, having face-to-face contact, mentoring, and evaluating leadership. By focusing on these areas, organizations can develop a strong pipeline of talent for future leadership roles.

    Scott, W. (2017). Succession Planning. 212, Week # 8. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses/NAGVXPB5E6/SuccessionPlanningbee22f0f-363b-44d2-b4c8-0244f898d851/6/index_lms.html

  • I think succession planning is vitally important. I started my career at an agency that did this and it helped a lot when it came to later promotions. When someone retires from a senior leadership position, it creates a chain of openings down the line. If a commander leaves, a LT will probably get promoted, then Sgt to Lt, then officer/corporal to Sgt. Agencies always need to have someone “on deck” for each level at their agency (or at least mentoring to have that on-deck person ready sooner than later). It also helps when someone leave unexpectedly. Then the agency isn’t caught completely off guard and will be more ready to fill that role quicker with less transition time. This succession planning allows for that to happen and develops individuals to be ready to take on the next level. It empowers individuals to always keep reaching and that’s great to have.

    • I agree entirely that succession planning is critical, especially in law enforcement agencies. It not only helps in creating a pool of potential candidates but also in filling the positions quickly and efficiently. It also gives the employees a sense of purpose and motivation to keep growing in their careers. The agencies need to have a plan in place and identify potential successors for each level so that they are always prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. Furthermore, mentoring potential successors can also help in their development and readiness for the next level.

    • I completely agree, succession planning is extremely important to keep an organization running smoothly. It should be more than just having a list of candidates for the next position, but having people who are ready and prepared to fill that role. This leads to minimal downtown and can help maximize performance potential.

  • Setting our team for success is key. The way our leader guides us is important so that when they are not around they know that the tasks are getting done properly. They also must be willing to accept change that is happening. A lot of newer generation will do things completely different than of the older generation. They must be able to learn and adapt tp how others learn and take what is taught.

    • I think the newer generation piece is important to mention. As we learned in the Generations lesson, people from different generations are going to approach the workplace and situations differently. I think it’s important for senior leaders, who normally are older than the rank and file, to be hearing from people who are much closer in generational position to those staff members. It may help bridge the gap a little and they’ll be able to provide different insights on the management team. But empowering new leaders to grow and develop, it gives more people a seat at the table to help improve the organization.

  • As a leader, I try to be a servant leader not only to my members but also to the entire division. A servant leader possesses personal integrity, is optimistic and is humble. A servant leader puts the wellbeing of others before themselves. They have to be active listeners so they truly understand what their members need or desire on a personal and professional level. They have to have to be receptive to other member’s ideas. They are constantly observing what is going on so they are able to seek the truth and make changes as necessary (Scott, 2017). Becoming a servant leader is capable if an individual is self-aware and willing to change their current practices. However, it will improve them, their unit and the agency as a whole. Servant leadership creates a positive environment.
    Scott, W. (2017). Succession Planning. 212, Week # 8. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses/

    • I agree, that servant leadership creates a positive environment. It shows that you are willing to change or adapt what is going on around.

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