“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Alfred Einstein
Similar ideas have been used by others regarding this thought. From a leadership perspective, look at both phrases and examine the breakdown of this thought.
First, not everything that counts can be counted. Far too often, leadership deals with the numbers game, the bottom-line mentality. I realize that what can be measured is important, but the value of influence, cultivating spiritual character development, or meditative prayer for a greater peace of mind cannot be measured. The significance of such activities can be life changing.
Second, not everything that can be counted counts. We may have multiplied thousands of dollars sitting in a number of investments, but what is it really worth? We may have hundreds of people sitting on the pew, but are they maturing spiritually and actively involved? We may spend countless hours reading the Bible, but do we make proper application?
Our leadership may not always be measured, but it should count for something.