My lovely bride of 45 years and I are farmers. We gently and lovingly care for the land, the plants, and the animals (domestic and wild) in our little corner of the planet.
We are stewards. We think/act/farm with an eye on the sustainable "health" of the land and all the lives thereon/therein. The construct is called Permaculture -- care of the land, care of the people, return of surplus.
The Farmer Continuum looks like this:
Long-term outcome optimization <<________>> Short-term outcome optimization
All farmers lie somewhere along that continuum, not necessarily on one of the extremes.
Leaders can be thought of as People Farmers.
A similar People Farming continuum exists. Leaders can take the approach of careful, thoughtful, long-term development and nurturing of the life-people and the land-culture within our spheres of influence. Or, we can attempt to squeeze as much as we can, as quickly as we can, from those around us.
Perhaps Permaculture is good practice in our People Farming roles, too.
Just seems like good stewardship.
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