The Thermometer vs. the Thermostat

Among the many aphorisms of leadership I’ve taken from the outdoor-education community, the idea of being a thermostat rather than a thermometer is one of the strongest.

One tells you the temperature of the room, the other maintains it.

Sometimes it’s worth adjusting the thermostat, but watching the thermometer is at best like watching sports and at worst like watching a lit fuse.

Either way, it might be a form of entertainment, but it’s not leadership.