What’s the scarcest resource for a nonprofit?
The scarcest resource is leadership.
Good leadership can make the most out of scarce time and can raise money, but no amount of money or time can create good leadership (the travails of the Red Cross show that).
Seth Godin explains part of the reason why, “Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead.”
Seth’s post points out that leadership takes courage. It also takes skill.
Some people who have the skill to lead lack the courage. Some people who have the courage don’t have the skill.
As a community organizer, part of your job is to show leadership, to find the courage and develop the skills to be a good leader.
It’s also your job to find, recruit, and support other leaders. Bolster their courage. Refine their skills.
We need more leaders. Help create them.