At some point in a professional’s life comes the end of their professional life. Whether it’s because you’ve reached an age where you no longer want to work, you’ve accomplished all your goals or you want to move on to something else, there are a lot of reasons why you may choose to retire or step down as a leader. For some, the reasons are clear and the choice is easy—for others, not so much.
Even if you think you might be ready to leave, it’s possible you may be leaving for the wrong reasons or at the wrong time. To this end, it’s important you ask yourself some key questions first. To help you make sure you’re making the right choice, 13 leaders fromForbes Coaches Council pose some questions every working professional should ask themselves before deciding to step down, retire and let someone else take the reins.
1. Why do I want to move on?
Leaders sometimes feel a pressure to retire. It may be internally driven by colleagues, a professional contract with their partners or something their family members wish for. Regardless, if the leader doesn’t identify their own reasons and desires for moving on, they won’t be successful in doing so. – Candice Gottlieb-Clark,Dynamic Team Solutions
2. What’s next?