DCL 3.3 Instruction | Lighten Your Leader’s Load
Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP
The top leader carries many responsibilities. He can give up many things, but he cannot give up final responsibility. As a subordinate leader in his organisation, you can make his load lighter, or you can make it heavier.
Helping the top leader carry the load does the following:
- Shows you are a team player.
- Shows your gratitude for a place on the team.
- Makes you part of something bigger.
- Gets you noticed.
- Increases your value and influence.
Follow these principles:
- Do your own job well first.
- When you find a problem, offer a solution.
- Tell leaders what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.
- Go the second mile by doing more than is asked of you.
- Stand up for your leader whenever possible.
- Ask your leader how you can help lift his load.
Biblical Case Study: Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 2:1-12)
Boaz extended favor to Ruth as she gleaned heads of grain in his field. His words reveal that she had faithfully served her mother-in-law, a widow. Boaz said, “It has been fully reported to me all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.” (Ruth 2:11) Ruth lightened the heavy load carried by Naomi.
- What are two ways you could help lighten your leader’s load?
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