LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR will raise awareness of the need for strong leaders in secondary positions. It will describe the value they can bring to their organization and to primary leaders when they are serving at their full potential. It will reshape the way they view their role, with an emphasis on their own responsibility as leaders. It recognizes the unique challenges and frustrations of serving in a subordinate position and equips these leaders with the attitudes and skills that they will need to survive and thrive in this new paradigm.
Because of the scarcity of resources for second chair leaders, particularly those in the church, this book will offer a practical way to improve the performance of any organization. Leading Congregational Change discussed the importance of a "vision community"--a diverse group of key members who discern and implement the vision for a congregation--to guide the transformation of a church. This work will extend the theme of an empowered leadership team as we explore how individual clergy and laity can lead effectively.
Mike Bonem has been a consultant to churches, judicatories, and businesses for more than twenty years. His company, Kingdom Transformation Partners, offers coaching and leadership development for first and second chair leaders. Roger Patterson is the associate pastor of West University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where he has served for eight years. He is a second chair leader who loves to invest in the development of other leaders for the expansion of God's Kingdom. Visit the Leadership Network Website, www.leadnet.org, for more innovative resources and information.
About Leadership Network. Foreword (Greg L. Hawkins). Preface. 1. Living in the Paradoxes. 2. Am I a Second Chair Leader? THE FIRST PARADOX Subordinate-Leader. 3. Taking It from the Top. 4. Crossing the Line. A Word to First Chairs on the Subordinate-Leader Paradox. THE SECOND PARADOX Deep-Wide. 5. A Matter of Perspective. 6. Building the Team . . . One Relationship at a Time. 7. Putting It into Practice. A Word to First Chairs on the Deep-Wide Paradox. THE THIRD PARADOX Contentment-Dreaming. 8. Contentment in the Second Chair. 9. Dreaming in the Second Chair. 10. Leaving the Second Chair. A Word to First Chairs on the Contentment-Dreaming Paradox. Epilogue. The People Behind the Stories: Profiles of Second Chair Leaders. Bibliography. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. Index.