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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