thoughts/ideas/opinions from scott hodge

Tuesday, November 4


Have you ever noticed how easy it is to make excuses for not raising up leaders?

“No one wants to step up and help.”
“It’s easier to do it myself.”
“It won’t get done right.”
“I don’t know how.”

I think we all know that without investing and empowering people to be a part of our teams we will fail – or if we do succeed, it will more than likely be at a much slower pace than it could be with a team to help us make it happen.

I don’t think you have to convince too many people that in order to push forward and accomplish what’s never been done before it takes a team – a group of people who work together in unity to see something incredible happen.

I heard someone once say that when you raise up leaders in an organization, it strengthens its “skeleton”. It provides it with a backbone and substance.

So how do we respond to people who might not find it very easy to raise up leaders?

Well I want to address one excuse, reason, justification or whatever we want to call it, that people use for why NOT to raise up leaders.

Reason #1: “No one wants to step up and help.”

If there are no people, I’m sure this is true. But if there are people around, I have a hard time buying this reasoning. Here’s why:

People are longing for leadership in their lives.

That’s right. People want to be led. Most people don’t want to be a part of a pathetic, self-absorbed community. Almost everyone I know in my life wants to be around people who have vision and want to bring others along with them on their journey.

It amazes me how just offering a little bit of vision, direction and leadership to people causes them to step up and do what they didn’t realize they had the capacity to do. Taking a moment to tell someone that you believe in them. Telling a person that you see potential in them. Sharing a story of inspiration with others. This is the job of a leader.

We can wait around until the cows come home, but if we aren’t pursuing people – going after people, then we are missing out on an important (and major) part of a leader’s job.

So instead of saying, “No one is stepping up”, first ask yourself, “Who have I approached?” “Have I painted a picture – cast a vision – helped them see what they have the potential of being a part of?”

We can wait and wait and wait and wait for leaders to step up. OR, we can get off of our lazyboys and recruit, pursue and go after the people around us who hold more potential than any of us realize.