When we talk about leadership, we generally focus on various traits and character qualities that make a good leader – and rightly so.

But today, I want to underscore something we don’t often address – expendability.

From the highest-level perspective, every leader is ultimately expendable, because to be quite blunt about it, every person (and leader) will eventually die. That’s expendability joined to inevitability! So you can’t win that argument.

From the first step in the door, any leader should be thinking about the last step out the door. We call it succession planning.