So if we strike age and experiences, then we devalue merit, and sadly now we are seeing the net effects of of this in our leadership in private and public industry.
My view is character and judgement skills are very important, but how does one judge if they are essentially a tabula rasa?
One person's extra receptivity leads them to being the equivalent of a tree with shallow roots? Easy to transplant and survive, but when the winds blow hard they topple down.
We do have a huge issue in our government, it is all about those with the ability to be sales persons, and those that can wordsmith their way out of a mess.
These are great for soundbites, but they don't do well when attempting to build a team, work through issues that takes years and decades to resolve.
So my view is a 19 year old is very similar to a 79 year old, nature gives us examples of what happens to outliers in life that don't conform, work together, increase diversity, and work as a team.
There was a joke with electrical engineers ...
There are old engineers, there are bold engineers, but there are never any old and bold engineers.
Each of us unique and special and should never be gross labeled; however, single core strengths (high intelligence, or high experience have both strengths and weaknesses.
Right now we need bridge builders, those that have empathy and sympathy and compassion. Those that can communicate and wear another's shoes.
I struggle to see that in a lot of folks in the halls of power.
I do agree with both have agreement, that single points of success for a person, should not be the sole basis of choosing. A range of attributes ...