Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams
DescriptionLEADING 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.
Foreword (Greg L. Hawkins).
1. Living in the Paradoxes.
2. Am I a Second Chair Leader?
THE FIRST PARADOX
3. Taking It from the Top.
4. Crossing the Line.
A Word to First Chairs on the Subordinate-Leader Paradox.
THE SECOND PARADOX
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
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.
The People Behind the Stories: Profiles of Second Chair Leaders.
About the Authors.