I recently heard Oliver DeMille using the term “credentialists” at a conference. Credentialists are those who use credentials (degrees and titles) as a way to determine value of information/input from a person. Credentailists are impressed by these titles, often failing to evaluate results. The ramifications of ‘credentialism’ in society are pretty far reaching if you stop to think about it. Just watch out who you share your thoughts with…you may not have the credentials to back up your opinion 😉
Some nuggets from the article are:
“..we ignore our great potential to focus on silly attempts to impress.”
“..real government leadership as deep, committed service, devoid of seeking credit or reward.”
“We will not get back on track as a society until we lead from below, until we become a society of leaders, and the right kind of emulation is our most powerful means of lasting influence and change.”
“Too much of modern life is merely a façade. Too many of our institutions are hollow shells of what we need them to be—and of what they claim to be. Too often we choose the path of prestige over the path of quality. Too frequently we listen to the credible rather than the wise.”
On a side note, a real gem in the article by Oliver DeMille is a link to ‘The Inner Ring’ by CS Lewis. I read the Inner Ring about 10 years ago as I was reading the book ‘Weight of Glory’, which is a short compilation of sermons and essays by Lewis. You can read The Inner Ring online, by itself, but I highly recommend getting your hands on the book ‘The Weight of Glory’. Good Stuff!