In recent years, we’ve seen several political regimes change. The dictator, Robert Mugabe, has given way to a new leader in Zimbabwe. As always, there are supporters on both sides of the historical claims. Some would say he’s a “revolutionary hero,” while others are relieved that he’s gone. In fact, some are on record that he should have gone a long time ago. In any case, his powerful rule is over (or so it seems).
Fidel Castro created the first Communist government in the Western Hemisphere. He ruled over Cuba as President from 1959 until 2008, but ruled the Communist Party as First Secretary until 2011. His brother, Raul, ruled as both President and First Secretary from 2011 to 2018. Most were sure that Fidel’s rule was simply being lived through Raul. His long rule was one of isolation and the nation was kept from making any significant changes. His rule, however, is over.
Historically, there are always changes going on. The political landscape is never the same from year to year. Some changes are noticeable. Some pass without much fanfare and, frankly, without much disturbance. But no matter who it is…president, premier, king, or queen…within a few years not many even remember.
Power is like that…fleeting. It happens everywhere. Coaches who ruled with an iron fist give way to a new coach (manager, general manager, owner, etc.). Systems change as personnel change. It happens in sports, in business, in education…even in church.
The nature of power is that it is fleeting (even when fleeting is spelled out in decades of influence). During the seasons of great influence, the names matter. A little while later and they occupy a chapter in a book…somewhere. In an article entitled, “13 Business Leaders Who Changed the World for the Best,” we find the list includes: Tim Cook, Warren Buffet, Bob Iger, Reed Hastings, Mary Barra, Huateng Ma, Reshma Saujani, Jack Ma, Jan Koum, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg and Jeff Weiner.
Some would know the story of some; a few would know the story of many; most would know the story of two. It’s the fleeting nature of power. Vanity, Solomon says, all is vanity; chasing after wind.