What’s At Stake?
This transition poses complex challenges. Generational change in leadership involves organizations and the Boards who are responsible to them, established leaders going through transitions out of their careers, and emerging leaders taking on new responsibilities. Part of the difficulty is that few opportunities exist for emerging leaders in the field to be in “deputy” positions where they can learn leadership skills without taking full responsibility. The lack of these positions is largely due to the lack of resources at organizations. As a result, many gain experience by leading small organizations when they are unprepared to lead, then moving up to larger organizations. This is destabilizing for smaller organizations in the field and often stressful for emerging leaders.