This study aimed to identify the succession planning damages at the level of the governance of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is a qualitative study, and data was collected via interviews with experts, who have working at the macro-level governance, and were involved with the issues and problems of government organizations. Data was analyzed by the thematical analysis method, and King and Horrocks methods were used to code data. Purposive sampling was used in the study, and debt-snowball method was applied for sampling. Population of the study included ten participants. No new conceptual category was established from the seventh interview, and three other interviews were made to ensure theoretical saturation. The collected data were analyzed after the interviews, and succession planning damages were classified into three main themes of political-legal damages (including six interpretative codes and 26 descriptive codes), cultural damages (including five interpretative codes and 21 descriptive codes), and structural damages (including seven interpretative codes and 27 descriptive codes). This study can inform administrators and authorities of the public sector of the succession planning. Finally, some suggestions were provided to improve the status quo based on the findings of the study.