For a while now, I have been pondering the generational differences and, through reading and dialogue with others, I am coming to believe that a significant shift is taking place.  My kids are 26, 25 and 23 years old. They are highly intuitive, introspective, and seem to have a connection to themselves, their families, their friends and the universe in general, in a way that I could never have imagined when I was their age.  Why is this? I don’t think I am alone in this observation – or in asking, “Why now?”

Recently, having lunch with a senior VP of a large organization, I discovered that she, too, was wondering why is there such a significant shift in this younger generation.  What makes them so different?

My children have taught me an enormous amount about life, and many parents my age say the same thing about their children.  I know I did not have this effect on my parents. In fact, the evolution of my parents seems much slower than my husband and I have experienced.

But I can hear you asking: “What has all this got to do with New World Leadership?” And I’m here to tell you: “Everything!” Because, if we are going to lead this younger generation into their leadership roles before we retire and pass the torch, then we must genuinely understand them, recognize their talents and appreciate their potential.