BackSeat Leader’s are not to be confused with backseat drivers. Backseat drivers are annoying, often chirping in a driver’s ear about their inconsistencies in regards to their driving. Leader’s don’t need critics in their backseat, they need co-laborers that will compliment their leadership style.
BackSeat Leaders are invaluable to primary leaders and their organizations in getting them to arrive where they want to go. Many leaders are recognizing their need for a BackSeat Leader and it is fast becoming the first position considered when it’s time to hire.
Why are BackSeat Leaders such a hot commodity?
1. BackSeat Leaders allow primary leaders to do more with their dreams. Most primary leaders are dreamers that are drowning in the details. Dreamers visualize, but many times cannot organize a plan on how to arrive to see their dreams fulfilled. Every leader who dreams big dreams needs a BackSeat Leader that can bring direction and detail to the dream.
The biblical character Joseph was the most infamous BackSeat Leader of his day. No one could help Pharaoh interpret his dreams until they were reminded by a forgetful butler who had experienced firsthand Joseph’s ability to help interpret dreams. Pharaoh immediately summoned Joseph from the prison, tells him his dream and Joseph gives advice that would promote him to 2nd in command.
Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.” So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. (Genesis 41:34-37)
BackSeat Leaders have a God given ability to inform others what they need to do with their dreams. Pharaoh recognized the value of having a visionary (one who sees the details of the dream) and prominently promoted Joseph.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:41-44)
2. BackSeat Leaders have a perspective that primary leaders don’t have. So many pressures come with being the primary leader of an organization that it is often difficult to see past the pressures and expectations that accompany their dreams. Pharaoh only saw fat cows and skinny cows, plump heads of grain and thin heads of grain that kept him up at night. Joseph saw seven years of plenty and seven years of famine and directions on what needed to be done.
Many dreamers toil sleeplessly at night, wrestling with their dreams because they don’t have a dependable BackSeat Leader that can specifically give divine guidance in determining the direction and details of their dreams.
3. BackSeat Leaders take responsibility and ownership of the primary leader’s dreams. When given authority, BackSeat Leaders will take responsibility and ownership of a primary leader’s dream. They are not just cheerleaders or spectators. BackSeat Leaders are doers of the dream!
And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt… so he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable. (Genesis 41:46-49)
I love Pharaoh’s response to the cry of the people when the famine hits hard! “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” BackSeat Leaders are the “go to” people when it comes to your dreams because they know what to do with your dreams. They’ve taken ownership and responsibility of your dreams as if they were their own.
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