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Succession: Mentoring The Next Generation by Joyce A. Graham is an invaluable text of current day and biblical examples of the role of a leader and mentor through the ages. With role models such as Moses in both the leadership as well as mentor role, the reader learns the cross-over effect of both positions. One will not work effectively without a thoughtful transition into the corresponding position. Without the disciples, Jesus was not ready, mentally or emotionally, to endure his sentence of crucifixion. Graham addresses the issue of resistance among successors and mentors that results in poorly executed transitions of power. Noting examples of well-known and established religious leaders, the reader is given a very clear picture of effective “passing of the baton” from successor to mentor in order to create an uninterrupted format of leadership.
Graham consistently reiterates that a leader can never “retire” from God’s purpose. Once a leader, always a leader. As stated by Dr. Myles Munroe: “The greatest obligation of a true leader is to transfer a deposit into the next generation. The worst mistake a leader can make is to mentor no one, choose no successor, and leave no legacy.” Dr. Munroe goes on to highlight the fact that “The greatest act of leadership is what happens in your absence. If everything you’ve done dies with you, you are a failure. True leadership is measured by what happens after you die. Successful succession can only occur when a leader prepares for the next stage of leadership.
Succession: Mentoring The Next Generation is a powerful look into the fundamentals of all leadership positions, whether political, personal, or governmental. Succession is well worth the read. I really enjoyed reading this book. The author’s use of relatable vocabulary, the addition of a glossary and appendix, and her common sense approach to her topic make this not only an educational tool, but an interesting volume for perusal.