Two experts in leadership succession tackle the thorny problem of how to plan a successful transition from a founder CEO such as Jeff Bezos.
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'They leave a space that is impossible for an outsider to completely fill'
Dr Andrew White, senior fellow in management practice at Saïd Business School and a CEO executive coach.
Switching from a founder CEO to a successor is not an easy transition to make. My experience as an academic who studies leadership, and someone who coaches CEOs, has shown me that there are a number of challenges associated with founder CEO succession.
When a founder CEO leaves, they leave a space that is impossible for an outsider to completely fill (nor do the founders always fully exit this space—even though they no longer hold the title). Because of th
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