As we age as leaders, I hope we make the effort to share the wisdom we have gain through many hard lessons with the youth following behind us.
Companies prize young talent. And rightly so. In an era of instant communication, they need young, tech-savvy leaders who can help them to get things done faster.
Still, speed by itself doesn’t equate to business success. Sydney Finkelstein wrote about this in a recent BBC article. In it, he recalls the classic Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. It’s the plodding tortoise, and not the speedy hare, that crossed the finish line first.
Experience may not bring speed – but it does bring wisdom and other traits/abilities. Among them:
Perspective – Age brings a greater ability to reflect and put into context what is happening around you.
Deeper compassion – This extends to the people in your life, both at work and at home.
A dose of reality – The illusion of perfection has long gone.
Empathy – “Once you’ve live a little, it becomes harder to go…
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