For the personal world, I hate to be sexist but this is true more often than not, when a woman leaves her home to work, many people are needed to replace her. There is a childcare person, a cleaning person, babysitter, etc.
The answer to my title question; How many will it take to replace you; maybe a few, maybe 2, maybe a team or maybe none at all.
A friend of mine, in business with her brother and father, when her father passed away she had to replace his skills. She ended up hiring an accountant, a bookkeeper, and a payroll clerk, a financial team!
When another friend’s husband passed away she did not have to replace his skills. He was not a handy guy. In his business life a current employee replaced him.
I am not implying disparaging conclusions to my friend’s husband. His skills or lack of were just replaceable, except of course for the hole left in his familys’ heart.
Divorce is a whole different kettle of fish concerning replacement. It is a rare situation when a stepparent is even accepted as a quasi replacement. I do have a friend when she married her Father and her stepdad walked her down the aisle. It can happen, a team instead of a replacement.
My BFF passed away a year ago. She was truly the smartest person I ever met. For me that friendship and her insight are not replaceable.
I had a job that I enjoyed but it kept me traveling too much. I was with the company for years. When I left they replaced me with 2 people. I was not flattered but felt foolish, doing the job of 2, getting paid for 1!
Have you thought of your replacements or replacement team in your career or life?