This post might get me in a bit of trouble.
Except it just isn’t true.
Not everyone wants to be a leader, and not everyone who wants to be leader is cut out to be a leader.
Your job as an organizer is to build up leaders. It is to recruit, train, and nurture people who will be able to inspire and lead others in the community.
And not everyone is up for the job.
Just so you know I’m not just saying this to vent, in Tools for Radical Democracy, Minieri and Getsos write:
Although people might be doing important work, thye may or may not be leaders. For example, if a member who comes to every meeting is great at motivational speaking but cannot effectively engage with other members to make decisions, it may not be appropriate to develop her as a leader or place her in leadership situations. [Emphasis added.]
Leaders are important. Grassroots leadership is important. It is important enough to be thoughtful and intentional about. Carefully recruit leaders. Actively develop leaders. And yes, sometimes you will have to, very sensitively, deal with someone who is not cut out to be a leader.