As a mayor, governor, or commander....you tend to see enough events to help forge your leadership view of situations. You listen....you ask questions....you make people think outside of the box. People in the group are looking for leadership. If the best you can say.....is "plug the hole".....then the group is standing there in a moment of crisis with no real direction.
The worst that a community organizer might come to face....is the refrigerator to the community center failed and you need another one quickly....or all the food will spoil. Sadly, that's about point one percent of what you need for the Presidency.