CNLP 126: Mike Bonem on Thriving as a Second Chair Leader and How to Lead Up

Not all of us are senior leaders. So what happens when that’s you?

Do you have to be the #1 leader to make an impact. Mike Bonem explains how to lead up to your senior leader, and discussed the strategies and principles that help second chair leaders thrive.

Welcome to Episode 126 of the podcast.


Guest Links: Mike Bonem

Thriving From the Second Chair: Ten Practices for Robust Ministry (When You’re Not in Charge) by Mike Bonem

Leading From the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams by Mike Bonem

Mike on Twitter

Mike on Facebook

Mike’s website

Links Mentioned

Virtual Assistants at Belay Solutions

Canadian Church Leaders Conference: Barrie, Ontario; June 8th – 10th

ReThink Leadership Atlanta, Georgia; April 26 – 28, 2017

TrainedUp Leadership

3 Insights from This Episode

1. Leading up requires trust. In this case, trust is defined by a high-degree of loyalty. It’s that what you say when the senior pastor isn’t in the room is the same thing you say they’re in it. It’s the ability to anticipate what your senior pastor would want and act accordingly. It’s the ability for a senior pastor to trust that you could take their spot in a meeting, speak, and interact with people on his behalf.

2. Leading up requires courage. You have to be willing to say what other people aren’t able to say. With that comes discernment in having the wisdom to know when you should and when you shouldn’t.

3.Unarticulated assumptions will sink the ship every time. It’s essential for the first chair and second chair to have a clearly defined partnership. This partnership needs to include conversations on the front-end about what expectations and what each person is responsible for… and then raising a red flag when someone isn’t doing what they said they’d do. First chair leaders need to know how to forgive quickly. Second chair leaders need to build the bridge of trust.

Quotes from This Episode

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Next Episode: Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick

Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick talk to Carey about their best and worst decisions on five key issues: strategy, team, momentum, culture and personal leadership. Raw, honest and authentic, this conversation is packed with insight.

The conversation continues at Rethink Leadership 2017 in Atlanta Georgia April 26-28.

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CNLP 126: Mike Bonem on Thriving as a Second Chair Leader and How to Lead Up

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