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Leading in a Second Chair

  • Course Dates: Thu 21 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Leaders are often assumed to be at the top of organisations.

Relatively little attention has been paid to those occupying a second chair. The role may be clear, eg deputy head of a school or vice-chair of a board of trustees. But the application in a church context – youth pastor, curate, deacon, Licensed Lay Minister – can raise questions of ecclesiology and approaches to ministry.

Second chair leaders are both leaders and followers. What personal and organisational consequences does this bring? And what if, despite talk of teamwork and collaboration, leadership remains a top-down individual activity? Using Mike Bonem & Roger Patterson’s book, Leading from the Second Chair (Jossey-Bass, 2005), we will explore how second chair leaders have to balance broad organisational responsibility with narrower accountability in a particular area.

With a theological base ranging from Trinitarian thought to New Testament ministries, we will explore recent developments around zones of psychological safety. We will consider surprising insights from constructive dissent (the RAF) and intelligent disobedience (the Army). And we will investigate the role of inverse learning and reverse mentoring.

The day will be practically focussed, and suitable for both second and first chair leaders. Indeed, we encourage them to attend together.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Thu 21 May
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Sarum College

Tim Harle is the Coordinator for the Centre for Leadership Learning at Sarum College and a Visiting Fellow at Bristol Business School. He is an author and speaker on leadership and change.
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Includes lunch and refreshments.
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S £70 E £60 C £50