There are some highly-successful leaders we’d all recognize. From Washington to Lincoln, Manning to Brady, we rightfully praise them for their remarkable leadership. But, for every great leader, there’s often a rarely-noticed secondary leader right behind them.
These secondary leaders aren’t glamorous. You won’t recognize their names. These secondary leaders won’t grab your attention with a motivational speech, nor receive praise for making a high-level decision. Most of what they do is small. They don’t get praise for their work, but it has tremendous impact.
In nearly every environment, secondary leaders are those who get others engaged and involved. In a group meeting, they ask a question or two, encouraging their fellow participants to do likewise. During breaks, they seek others out, desiring to know and understand them. Chances are high you’ve met a secondary leader, even if you didn’t recognize their leadership.
In the big picture, these secondary leaders seek and recognize individuals, which leads those individuals to feel comfortable in the group. And, by sparking engagement, their groups grow in impact and in number.
Start looking for secondary leaders. Every impactful group has them. Notice how they lead, subtle yet intentional. Notice how their engagement encourages their peers. See the impact their secondary leadership has.
Some groups don’t have secondary leaders. If you notice this, be one. Reach out to those on the outskirts of the group, ask questions, and help people get involved.
Be a secondary leader. You’ll find meaningful impact doesn’t take much.