Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
The number of seeds planted is a lead measure, one over which we have direct control. Harvesting, on the other hand, is a lag measure, proportionate to the planting, but governed by many conditions (sunlight, temperatures, precipitation) outside our direct control. Planting seeds is a controllable. Choosing where to plant seeds is a controllable.
If we seek to control the controllables, then we increase the effort we exert into planting, an event governed by our willingness to work hard. The harder we work the more likely the lag measure is to be in our favor.
For a leader, the seed we plant is time, our personal time investment in people, building into people so they may grow. We invest the time in listening to their hearts, invest the time to understand their unique gifts, invest the time to provide feedback so they have the opportunity to flourish. Whether a person chooses to act is completely up to them.
What controllables should you be controlling? What seeds should you be planting more of?