Want leaders? You need a strong pipeline

Recruiting leaders is like a funnel. You need a lot of contacts to go in the top to get a few leaders to come out the bottom.

Recruiting leaders is like a funnel. You need a lot of contacts to go in the top to get a few leaders to come out the bottom.

The grassroots organizing model is about raising up community leaders to take action for the cause.

How do you get those leaders?

It takes both recruiting them and then building them through training, support and experience.

And you have to recruit a lot of supporters to get a few leaders.

Tools for Radical Democracy has a sobering analysis. They say you need:

  • “Four Hundred contacts for whom you have a name, address, and phone number
  • One hundred who express an interest
  • Thirty who attend a meeting or an action
  • Ten who come back again and continue in some form with the organization
  • Between one and five who engage in a leadership-development activity…
  • One or two who continue to develop as leaders.

I don’t know about you, but this tells me I need to get out their there recruiting, following up, and training!

2 thoughts on “Want leaders? You need a strong pipeline

  1. Grace Potts

    This blog is terrific, Chuck! I could sit here and chat all day… However, I’m going to have to call you on

    their
    there, and
    they’re

    They are homonyms. Words that sound the same, but are not the same. Spell check won’t do the trick here, you’ll just have to type slower.

    I hate to get nasty, but don’t make to come down to the office over this one :o)

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    1. admin Post author

      Mea culpa. Yes, thanks for catching me here. This is the problem with me staying up late trying to crank out a bunch of posts before I fall asleep. I’ve decided not to let the great be the enemy of the good and post items even if I haven’t fully edited them. I’d rather that than not post.

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