Young leaders

How old should leaders be in order to be accepted as such? When is the end of performance and when is the start of constant and routine performance?

To these questions the usual answer is politically correct and the behavior is opposite. It is nice to declare the hope that the youth will certainly be better than previous generations. No mention however about the hesitation inspired by the lack of experience. And there is no rush in giving out control to the youngsters – in politics, health services, academy or business.

Youth and experience seem to be mutually exclusive. There is a consistent and persistent obstacle in accepting youth to the “adults’ table”. Always job offers require “experience in …” because employers do not really want to spend time, patience, and money in a risky investment. They want proofs, not promises.

There are many activities for which there is a minimum age requirement (driving, drinking alcohol, voting) – a limit that was probably set on the idea that a certain age would assume responsibility regarding one’s destiny. Generalizing this age limit would presume a minimum age for leading others, right? Even if there are unconscious adults and responsible youth.

Leadership must include the leader’s responsibility for the destiny of his followers. And usually responsibility is measured by previous evidence and not by future promises.

Responsibility = clarity of judgment + predictability of action + personal commitment for consequences

If respected, this equation would appease the concerns of followers. The destiny of people, organizations or countries should never be the subject of a lottery. Regardless of age variable …