How Old is Too Old to run our Country? 

By  Henry Rose Lee

How Old is Too Old to run our Country?

The Telegraph’s Charles Moore does more than hint that – if UK labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer becomes PM - he will struggle.

Moore says ‘People in their early sixties do not usually experience a serious deterioration in their mental powers, but they definitely find it harder to process and retain new information, or to do uncongenial things such as staying up very late into the night arguing with colleagues or mastering technological innovations or pretending to be interested in the views of juniors.’

I’m no fan of UK politics, or the Conservative or Labour parties. But I balk at the thought that someone is too old or too young for public office or leadership.

San Marino’s Giacomo Simoncini is the youngest world leader, at 28.

Malaysia’s Mathathir Mohamed was the oldest PM at 92.

Whether you’re wrinkled with age, or you still have puppy fat, your intelligence, passion, and drive (plus a good team), can result in great leadership.

Being a leader is not powered by how fast you can run, or how much you know. It’s often a personal and individual set of traits, motivations, and insights.

Surely, you’re never too old or too young to lead or do good in the world?

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About the author

Henry Rose Lee

Henry is a recognised authority on Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers in the workplace. She helps businesses to recruit, engage and retain their younger employees, and helps individuals to ignite their talents and carve out an outstanding career, whatever their age.

Through her keynote speeches, workshops and coaching, you will understand the evolution of leadership in what is sometimes called ‘the Shift Age’, so you can avoid common pitfalls and help your organisation (and yourself) to thrive.

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