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Leading from the Second Chair


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About Leadership Network vii Foreword ix Greg L. Hawkins Preface xi 1. Living in the Paradoxes 1 2. Am I a Second Chair Leader? 11 The First Paradox Subordinate-Leader 3. Taking It from the Top 27 4. Crossing the Line 43 A Word to First Chairs on the Subordinate-Leader Paradox 61 The Second Paradox Deep-Wide 5. A Matter of Perspective 71 6. Building the Team . . . One Relationship at a Time 83 7. Putting It into Practice 98 A Word to First Chairs on the Deep-Wide Paradox 111 The Third Paradox Contentment-Dreaming 8. Contentment in the Second Chair 121 9. Dreaming in the Second Chair 136 10. Leaving the Second Chair 151 A Word to First Chairs on the Contentment-Dreaming Paradox 164 Epilogue 169 The People Behind the Stories: Profiles of Second Chair Leaders 171 Bibliography 177 Acknowledgments 179 About the Authors 181 Index 183

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The Authors 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.


"In Leading From the Second Chair, Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson take a fresh and rare approach to leadership by unleashing some invaluable principles and guidelines specific to healing to the second tier leader. Wherever you are in your organization, this book is sure to help you appreciate the unique challenges and valuable contributions of all those who lead from the second chair." -- Ed Young, senior pastor, Fellowship Church "Bonem and Paterson tell the truth about leading from the second chair. Leaders will be set free to lead to their true potential because of the practical and profound insights in this book." -- Dan Reiland, executive pastor, Crossroads Community Church Find Out How to Lead Effectively?Even When You're Not in Charge "Somebody said the hardest instrument to play is second fiddle. But since Jesus had one or two things to say about serving and submitting, this is a rich field. Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson have addressed a key need with wisdom and clarity." ?John Ortberg, author, If You Want to Walk on Water, Get Out of the Boat; teaching pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church "The mission of an organization either hangs together or falls apart at the critical interface between first and second chairs. This helpful volume from seasoned practitioners identifies and addresses the character, competencies, and chemistry that make for effective second chair leadership. It's a book for you, no matter which seat you're in." ?Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future; director, Leadership Development, South Carolina Baptist Convention "The Bible is full of strategic leadership partnerships: Moses and Aaron, Mordecai and Esther, Paul and Silas, and even the Trinity. Each one demonstrates individual gifts being cojoined for maximum ministry effect. Leading from the Second Chair articulates and celebrates the necessity of God's strategic partnerships." ?Mike Slaughter and Kim Miller, lead pastor and creative director, Ginghamsburg Church "If you are a second chair leader, are considering a second chair role, or work with a second chair leader, this book is a must-read! Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson have done a superb job of defining the living paradoxes a second chair leader deals with day in and day out. Don't consider a second chair role without reading this book first." ?Warren Schuh, executive pastor, Calvary Community Church "Leading from the Second Chair targets the misunderstood and often unrecognized paradoxes of empowered second chair influence. Leaders in the twenty-first century church can avoid tragic pitfalls while leveraging the powerful contribution of second chair leaders by understanding and engaging the experience-forged insights in this important book." ?Jared Roth, vice president, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

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