The Entitlement Generation
The Boston Globe writes about yet another term which has been invented to describe today’s generation. The key characteristic of “the entitlement generation” is a commanding sense of entitlement. Apparently, a study conducted by Twenge found that 24 percent of college students in 2006 showed elevated levels of narcissism compared to 15 percent in the 90’s.
So young professionals today are more arrogant and less humble. Sounds pretty terrible. But the article suggests that when applied to entrepreneurship, narcissism can translate to confidence, risk-taking, a desire to make things better – all traits of successfully leaders. Although the comments to the article on the Globe site were quite scathing, I think there is merit to the trend of more young professionals seeking independence away form the establishment. Although I confess that I wouldn’t want to share an office with some of the narcissists in the article.