A nice article on "Why Old Leaders Drive Young Leaders Crazy". Interesting to see the dynamics and focus on threats vs opportunities which relates to age, security, motivation and stakes. I can definitely see value in some of the old leaders sticking around to share from their wisdom. Two thoughts come to mind:
- The absolute importance of renewing leadership continuously to stay innovative in an enterprise to ensure risk and appetite for more of different success are possible. New blood with new thinking is important!
- The 6th sense which is something only old leaders can bring to the table. I recall when I owned a business, I had poured my soul into it so much that I gained "super human" traits. In an odd way, I understood the business inside-out in a strange way. I understood the industry and competition ecosystem so well that I can do it in my sleep :-) This was in my own little small world, but later, I watched leaders like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs others execute so magically in the macro scale with amazing precision. These two characteristics can only be gained by old leaders who have been through it, allowing them (if used properly) to contribute to decisions and innovation in a complementary way with the new leaders.