Ash-Shaykh Muqbil, rahimahullah , was asked the following question,
Does the Khateeb stand on the third step or the second step of the minbar?
The Khateeb stands on the second step of the minbar (pulpit). (This is) so that when he sits, he sits on the third step. And if he was to stand on the third step, then upon what will he sit on?!