The more I learn about farming, the more I learn about the importance of the soil quality.  Soil is the most important element of agriculture.  Soil sustains life, without it, we wouldn’t have food.  A farmer examines the soil to determine the potential to produce crops, just as a Leader Farmer examines an individual to determine their potential to become a good leader and produce results.
As a Leader Farmer I look for four main qualities found in “good soil.” (I will spend more time on each of these in the coming weeks.)
1) integrity – always says and does the right thing
2) ability to delay gratification – willing to sacrifice short term gratification for long term success
3) humility – has a servant’s heart and leads by example
4) strong work ethic – will do whatever it takes to get the job done
I am very proud to say that this past week, Erica Hartfield, a former team member and leader at Macland Crossing Chick-fil-A was selected to be the Owner/Operator of a brand new Chick-fil-A in Stockton, CA.  Erica is the second Operator that “grew” out of Macland Crossing since I took over the restaurant.  My mantra has been for many years…”When I’m 85 years old sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch, I won’t be thinking about how much money is in my retirement account…how big my house is…or what kind of car I drive…I will be thinking about what I did with the time, money and resources I was given to make a difference in the lives of those that crossed my path.” I am humbled and grateful to have been a part of Erica’s journey, and I can’t take credit for her success, I just hired “good soil,” and planted seeds.
My Disclaimer: I will share a lot of things I’ve learned over the years that will help you lead others, but it’s impossible to master enough principles to completely get on top of life, we were designed to need God; walk with Him daily, learn to hear His Voice, and He will direct your path. 
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