Have you noticed how quickly people rise to fame and power these days? As our culture embraces rapid change, we seem much quicker to assign fame, fortune, power and leadership to people than in the past.
Consider the presidential race this year. Barack Obama was a relative unknown state senator just four years ago, now he’s running for president and known worldwide. Last week Sarah Palin was introduced as John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate. She was a small town mayor until becoming Alaska’s governor just two years ago.
Young career writer Ryan Paugh, who has a blog called Brazen Careerist, recently wrote, “When I hear older generations talk about Generation Y having to pay their dues, I get a little sick to my stomach. He goes on to say there are more important things than the big job, but his comment does seem to resonate with the current generation more than ever before.
There are probably plenty of reasons for this trend; mainly the technological advances of our society. It is easier to become known to a larger audience much quicker than in years past simply by becoming a blogger or a news figure. News travels much faster than before.
I’m not complaining. It’s part of our culture. It just means that opportunities abound for young leaders to grow in responsibility quickly if they can attractively present their skills. It also means that organizations, companies and churches must open the door for fast raising leaders. For more on that thought, read my post Do you Lead Leaders or Followers?