The China Daily presented the move currently underway to extend the time the Chinese leader can stay in post as being “necessitated by the need to perfect the party and the state leadership system”.
History shows us that most leaders, and especially political and business ones, have a certain ‘shelf life’.
Interim leaders rarely suffer from this problem because their remit is defined. It regularly changes the client organisation requiring someone with a different skill-set to succeed them.
So, power needs a sell-by date. If it is there too long, it starts to mutate. ‘In extremis’, it can go cancerous.
On the other hand, with good timing, saying farewell can be breathtakingly good
and a great way to sign off a successful piece of work. Knowing when to leave is the final act of a great leader. Staying too long brings Lord Acton strongly into play.
How do you see assignment optimal timing?