The old man sat in the dusty village square and started off: “The problem with young people today is respect. … ” You can travel beyond Timbuktu into the wilder parts of Mali and find old people are the same everywhere: demanding respect from the young for their elders and betters.
And then the old man sprang a surprise:
“Young people need to learn to respect themselves: if they can achieve something, be good at something, contribute something then they will learn to respect themselves. Only when people respect themselves are they able to respect anyone else. They might even start respecting their elders … if we deserve it.” The old man had unwrapped another nugget of leadership insight and presented it to me.