Succession Planning

Succession Planning

Charisma in Business Leadership

Oscar Lausegger, HCM Strategy Director at Oracle @OscarLausegger


While businesses gain much from charismatic leaders it is important to plan for what comes next

I recently came across an article in which the writer posed an interesting question: are ‘charismatic bosses’ more of a help or a hindrance to their businesses?

At first glance it seems an unusual question. Charismatic bosses can do something few other people can: they inspire employees and customers alike with a clear vision of their company. They communicate ideas with passion and they carry their audiences with them as they move into new markets, or drive new innovations.

They have an invaluable quality which cannot be bought or learned – likeability.

But there can be drawbacks.

For me, the biggest potential drawback to having a charismatic figurehead is that if companies are not careful they can look like they are too dependent upon that person, or that their CEO is the company. In that instance, succession becomes a burning issue.

If businesses want to make the most of a high-profile, inspirational leader, without suffering any long term ill-effects, HR has a crucial role to play.

 It is up to HR to ensure clear succession planning ahead of any change, and continuity when it happens so any turbulence within the company is kept to an absolute minimum. 


It is up to HR to ensure clear succession planning ahead of any change, and continuity when it happens so any turbulence within the company is kept to an absolute minimum.

HR can play an important role by providing the tools and analysis that can help the business best prepare for its future leadership requirements. This includes everything from being able to cultivate a strong talent pool within the organisation and map employee skills to potential future roles (up to and including the CEO) to identifying external contenders, or working with recruitment teams to find the future leaders of the organisation. As a matter of course HR should be creating the richest employee profiles possible, but should be doing so with succession planning in mind.

This way, businesses get to embrace all the benefits of charismatic leaders without raising their risk profile.


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