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Leaders Build Ladders

Updated: Sep 11, 2023



I’ve personally studied on leadership for quite some time. Through all of my different career paths, there have always been teachings and/or moments that have given me insight to this; how to build others, how to help people; how to teach others; how to equip others. But I’ve realized that learning these attributes and putting them into practice are totally different.

It’s easy sometimes to know how, but actually doing it is when you realize it is way more difficult than you thought.

The truth is - people learn differently. Some are open and receptive, while others are close minded to their potential and ability. Just because you’ve learned something doesn’t mean you can easily teach it to others.

You’ve got to make sure you’re investing into the right people at the right time. When you trust God for this alignment, He can do some incredible things through your leadership. Take time to study the relationship between Moses and Joshua. This is a great example of God using one leader to build another leader.


“How far can I take the mission, and then how can I help others take the mission beyond my best work?” - J. Maxwell, Leadershift

While “climbing the ladder” helps you prove yourself in order to gain influence, you take your leadership to a whole new level when you hold other people’s ladders as they begin their climb.

What about you? Are you holding the ladder for others? Are you actively working to invest in the leaders who will come after you?

Nothing is more tragic for a leader than to get to the top of the ladder and realize you’re all alone. Invest in others. Help hold their ladder - after you help them build it.

— Erik Hunt, Hands of Hope International

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