Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos
Planning for and managing succession is an often-neglected component in sport organizations. Succession planning is a strategic process undertaken to ensure the best possible leadership and the right capabilities for the organization. Typically, succession planning focuses on board members and executive leadership positions. A continual renewal of personnel provides scope to capitalize on emerging opportunities and ensure relevancy in a dynamic and rapidly changing sport environment. Sport bodies require a constantly evolving set of board and executive capabilities. However, the many high profile examples of sport governance failures over the past few years highlight the need for better board and executive leadership evaluation, timely turnover and renewal of positions and roles, and mentoring and building of talent. This chapter highlights the key steps in succession planning, outlines the benefits and challenges in its implementation and discusses how succession management can improve the governance of sport bodies.
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