One evening, we were all in the yurt when Sereeter said he would go out to check on the sheep before night. He came back saying everything was alright. He had 1000 young sheep to care for and needed to give back the 1000 sheep to the cooperative the next year. I asked him how he was sure that there were 1000 sheep and not 995 in his flock.
He told me he knew all of them as they were all different and that he could tell if one was unhappy or not in good health by the way it would chew.
I remember asking myself then if there was any leader in the world who knew their flock this way. How many leaders are really concerned about every member of their flock’s happiness?.
When I drive down a new road, I look and I see if people are happy. I see the unhappy, the sick, the hungry, the frustrated and the impatient. I see if life is too hard, and if people are tired. I have seen entire countries of very tired people. If I can see it, I tell myself, leaders must see it too.