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“Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler of Israel and Judah.”      1 Kings 1:35

David understood that if he did not actively and purposefully invest in his successor, someone would follow him who would undo all that he had accomplished. David could not leave that to chance. So he actively worked to have his son Solomon assume his throne.

The problem for some leaders is that they cannot relinquish their role, even when it is time for them to step down. Rather than considering what is best for their organization, such self-centered leaders focus on what they perceive to be best for them. They clutch at their power rather than intentionally passing it on to the one following them.

It is not always easy for those who have led for long periods of time to promote the next generation of leaders. It is often difficult to acknowledge that our time is past. It is hard to accept that a younger leader is what our organization now requires. Yet if we want to leave a legacy that outlives us, we must invest in the future. We must intentionally bless those who follow us. In so doing, our influence will carry on, long after we are gone.

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