Free Succession Planning Templates Library 

To complement our Succession Planning Services, we have developed a library of free succession planning templates and tools that will support your organization’s initiatives. For a complete printable version of all of our succession planning templates and to learn more about our succession planning process, download SIGMA’s Succession Planning Guide below.




What is a Succession Planning Template?

A succession planning template is a tool that can be used to help move a business along each stage of the succession planning process. Each of our templates provides checklist items, forms, and development plans to propel your business’s succession planning efforts further.

Browse our library of templates below to get started.

Succession Planning Template

Succession Planning Tool Description

Critical Roles Identification Questionnaire The Critical Roles Identification Questionnaire is a succession planning template that will help you to identify those key roles that your organization should target in your succession program. Download
Success Profile Template The Success Profile Template is a succession planning worksheet designed to describe the talent needed for success in a key role. Download
Succession Nomination Survey Template The Succession Nomination Survey is a simple succession planning tool that can be used to identify which candidates to consider for the critical roles you identified in phase one. Download
Succession Bench Template The Succession Bench Template is used to evaluate the overall readiness of your succession candidates for a role. Download
Candidate Succession Profile Template The Candidate Succession Profile Template is designed to identify gaps between the requirements for a role and the potential candidate being developed for that key leadership position. Download
Individual Development Plan Template The Individual Development Plan is a two-part worksheet that outlines a succession candidate’s goals, action plans, and milestones for their growth and development. Download
Talent Progress Scorecard Template The Talent Progress Scorecard Template allows you to review the outcomes of your business succession plan across several important indicators. Download
Succession Planning Guide Our succession planning guide will walk you through what is required at each stage of the succession process along with some helpful tips to get you started. Download
Succession Planning Checklist The succession planning checklist is a quick measure of the maturity level of your succession plan and what areas need to be improved. Download
Succession Planning vs Replacement Hiring Checklist The succession planning vs replacement hiring checklist will help you identify if your organization is engaging in strategic long-term planning or settling for a quick fix. Download
Developing a Succession Plan that Supports Diversity In this guide, we discuss the importance of diversity, how building diversity can benefit your team, and how you can use succession planning to create a leadership development program that supports diversity. Download

Download All of SIGMA’s Succession Planning Templates

If you would like a copy of all of our succession planning templates, download SIGMA’s complete and free Succession Planning Guide today.


Determine which roles your organization should target through its succession program.

Identify critical roles for succession planning
Build success profiles for talent development


Describe the talent composition required for each critical role today and in the future.


Choose candidates for each critical role through a nomination survey.

Nominate succession candidates
Assessing succession planning needs


Summarize each candidate’s talent profile and identify gaps to target through development.


Prepare development plans for candidates and track their development activities.

Measure Progress
Measuring Progress


Measure the impact of your succession plan.

Need Help Getting Started?

SIGMA’s Succession Planning Launch offers a simple and cost-effective way to build a robust succession planning process and ensure your organization’s leadership is positioned for success and prepared for the unknown. Contact us to learn how we can deliver a full-year, custom succession plan for each member of your leadership team in just two half-day workshops.

Succession Planning Template FAQs

SIGMA’s succession planning templates provide a structured approach to identifying and developing future leaders, ensuring a smooth transition during leadership changes. They can also help organizations save time, provide consistency, and help align talent development with strategic goals.

Yes, SIGMA’s succession planning templates can be adapted for use in various industries. While the specific terminology and requirements may vary, the underlying principles of identifying and developing talent for leadership roles remain relevant across different sectors.

Yes, SIGMA’s succession planning templates can be beneficial for organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations. The templates can be scaled and adapted to meet the specific needs and resources of your organization.

Yes, our succession planning templates address both internal succession (promoting from within) and external succession (bringing in talent from outside). The templates can be tailored to suit your organization’s specific needs in either scenario.