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Succession Planning and Mentoring

Succession Planning and Mentoring

A key strategy to ensuring a company’s continued strength and growth is succession planning and mentoring, which is the process of identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. Succession planning and mentoring prepares experienced and capable employees to assume these roles as they become available.

Succession Planning

While companies frequently implement succession plans to ensure smooth transitions within their organization, they are faced with several challenges in implementing them. These include identifying talented candidates for leadership succession, developing candidates to become suitable leadership successors and retaining leaders and succession candidates long enough to ensure that key positions will be successfully filled according to plan.


Mentoring is a vital component of succession planning. It helps with developing career paths and transferring knowledge from within – one employee to another – ultimately helping companies avoid on-boarding a new employee who will need extra time to familiarize themselves with the company and its key selling points. By mentoring an existing employee, companies can also increase morale by showing their employees they are willing to invest in their future career paths.


  • Allows more exposure to talented employees. If mentors see them performing at a high level, this will be communicated with other coworkers and senior executives.
  • Creates leaders to fill the gaps of a company’s succession plan. The majority of great leaders today give credit to a mentor for passing on key leadership competencies.
  • Helps engage employees to commit to your company, eventually becoming a part of your succession pipeline.
  • Identifies who is next in line to fill senior positions. Leaders can groom these people to become the company’s next generation of successful leaders in order to stay competitive.

Human Resources

Succession planning and mentoring is a primary responsibility of a company’s Human Resources Department. It is increasingly becoming a facet of HR in companies of all sizes, and can be of great value to smaller organizations that have fewer resources available for knowledge management programs and the structured development of employees. Replacing a company leader with highly specialized knowledge is costly and time-consuming. Succession planning and mentoring alleviates the effects of an unanticipated vacancy in a principal position.

Human Resources has a number of important functions, including recruitment, performance management, development and, as emphasized here, succession planning and mentoring. In pursuing Ottawa University’s  online Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources, you will enhance and cultivate your skills in strategic planning, entrepreneurship, and change management in this program designed to provide knowledge needed to thrive in start-ups or well-established organizations. The Ottawa MBA program holds esteemed accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), showing the high levels of business teaching within this degree. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Ottawa University and its online programs near the top of the best colleges in the institution’s adult markets of Kansas City, Phoenix and Milwaukee.

Career Advancement

Working professionals – in HR or another area of business –  who have a desire to further their careers and be poised to help their existing or future company with succession planning and mentoring can obtain the skills needed with Ottawa University’s online Master of Business Administration degree. The curriculum of OU’s MBA will help you gain the real-world education and skills you need to impact your organization’s corporate strategy in a leadership or expert role. Our 100% online MBA program provides working adults maximum flexibility with a curriculum that incorporates personal values and professional ethics. Furthermore, Ottawa’s business administration graduate degree features Human Resources as one of eight concentrations that can be selected to tailor your MBA for future corporate strategizing.

Career advancement awaits with one of the best, fastest and most affordable online Master of Business Administration degree programs. Why not take the first step now? To learn more about earning your online MBA at Ottawa University, click here to contact us today.


Posted: 12/03/2020 by OU Online
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