“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Second in Command: Strengthening Leaders Who Serve Leaders is themed leadership through servant-hood. A true test of leadership is character. Being the right-hand man of a leader is a place where character can not only be developed, but where strong character is required. It can be easy to think that as the right-hand man that you can know better than your leader or that you could do a better job than they are, or get tired of serving his vision and want to go after your own. But what it comes down to is having the character to exercise authority while remaining under authority. The right hand is both a follower and a leader, a partner and a friend, – a servant.
The message and purpose of this book is primarily a resource for associate and senior leaders giving a study on the challenges and rewards of being the right-hand man (or woman).
“It will serve to encourage and equip associate leaders to handle unique challenges that are specific to their calling. It will assist them to fulfill Olympic-caliber excellence in that calling while avoiding the pitfalls, snares, and out-right demonic attacks that are waged against them.” (pg. 9)
Chris writes, “Selfless servanthood is the standard for your leadership.” This book revolutionized my thinking when it comes to leadership and serving under leaders. It reinforced the belief that leading is not about being a leader or just about you, but it is about serving with the purpose of God in your generation. Being the right-hand man is being a leader and a follower. And a great leader believes in his followers.
I also learned a lot about what it means to serve someone else’s vision. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t see the one that God has given you pass, but it means that it may be on hold for a time and that during the time that you are serving. Your position allows your leader to see their vision come to pass and even be enhanced and to become a bigger dream when you take on the different aspects of His vision and free your leader to lead, to dream and to grow it out.
Being a right-hand man doesn’t make you lesser than the leader. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do as much as they can. But it means you need to recognize that you are strategically placed by God and need to understand what His purpose for you in that position is.
Collectively, Second in Command is a book filled with wisdom and insight needed for leaders – senior and associate, to succeed in seeing their God-given visions come to pass. Everything comes back to your character and being secure in who you are, who God has called you to be and where He has called you to – not just in the future, but right now in the place you are. Encouraging and insightful, Second in Command is a must-read for all leaders who serve leaders.