When successful presidents should consider stepping down: Martin

July 11, 2019

“We’d all prefer to leave on our own initiative and when our institution is thriving -- not when the board chair asks us to step down,” writes Roger Martin in a message to successful institutional presidents who are considering stepping down. Many institutional presidents falsely believe that they should continue in their roles forever if they remain successful, Martin notes. To this end, the author offers a series of questions that president can ask themselves to gauge whether they should remain in their position. Martin further highlights some of the common false beliefs that keep presidents in their positions too long, such as the belief that they are indispensable and irreplaceable, or their inability to imagine a life in which they are not an institutional president. Inside Higher Ed (International)