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Rising Stars: Meet Joshua MacLeod

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua MacLeod.

Hi Joshua, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When the young man walked into the room, everything changed. I was at an AIDS orphanage in Malawi. It would be hard to adequately explain the poverty level to someone born and raised in the “first world.” No electricity. Every kid’s parents had died from AIDS. No money. No real sanitation. No hope.

And then he came in. Sixteen or seventeen years old. He was holding a “guitar” that was literally a gas can glued to a block of wood with some strings. When he started singing, the atmosphere changed. The kids who were gloomy and sad began to clap. Some began to sing, some even began to dance! Hope had entered the room… through music.

Having spent seven years in 21 countries studying global poverty, I knew the incredible need for hope in the fight against poverty. People are not just bodies, they are souls. For a person to rise out of poverty, they need inspiration. They need music. So I started Instruments of Joy to provide quality musical instruments to musicians in need.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Anything is possible if you keep learning and never give up.

Instruments of Joy took about five years to find our groove. Getting the perfect team in place was the hardest lesson in growing our non-profit.

It’s not just about finding really good people, it’s about finding really good people who have the exact skill-set for your particular stage of growth.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have my feet in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. I make money as a consultant and spend money as a non-profit leader. Joshua MacLeod is the founder and president of Growability® equipping leaders to flourish in life and work by developing vision, rhythm, and community.

Joshua is a thought leader in leadership, business strategy, and overall business growth. He has proven expertise in business consultation, coaching, social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, grassroots marketing, and social and film media. Joshua is a storyteller, speaker, author, educator, and award-winning photographer who has worked in more than 20 countries globally. He lives in Nashville TN with his wife Sarah and eight children. Hannah, Rebecca, Caleb, John, Luke, Joshua, Elizabeth, and Samuel.

Joshua is also the founder and president of both Instruments of Joy and Picture the Nations, 501c3 nonprofit organizations

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I remember looking up at an airplane in the sky and telling myself, “one day I’m going to fly on one of those.”

For a poor kid in the Pocono Mountains in PA, I had no idea the adventures I’d be able to take.


  • $200 to fund a musical instrument to a musician in need

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