Organizations hardly ever replace their leadership with the same type of leadership they currently have. When a leader leaves the organization, they look for an almost opposite to what they had in a leader. I’ve observed this trend over the years. It’s true at every level of society. School systems, churches, governments, universities, corporations, and non-profits all do this in relatively the same way.
If the current leader, who is a meticulous micro-manager, leaves the organization, he or she will be replaced with a more global-thinking, less detailed-oriented leader. If an organization has a passive leader who leaves, the organization will search for a more aggressive leader for the next round of leadership. Churches who have a pastor with strong people skills, but weaker as a speaker, will most likely be replaced with a pastor who is a gifted orator, but lacks in the area of people skills.
Have you observed this trend?