Leading From The Second Chair
One of the challenges I frequently hear from congregational leaders is, “How can I provide leadership when I’m not the one officially in charge?” Frustrated and immobilized, “second chair” leaders often discount their ability to influence other people’s mindsets and behaviors. Effective second chair leaders recognize that they can make a difference. They acknowledge that playing a “victim” role serves neither them or their organization. Second chair leaders are most effective when they’ve taken time to nurture a relationship with their “first chair” leaders that is built on trust and a common vision. They are willing to share, “This is what I need from you to do my best work.” They are willing to ask, “How might I best use my gifts and efforts to further the mission of this organization?” I believe that all leaders have the capacity to be positive change agents – it’s really a matter of whether they choose to live out of their commitments or choose to live out of their excuses. What are you willing to do to lead more effectively from the second chair?