DCL 3.5 Instruction | Place People in their Strength Zones

Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, the Law of the Niche says, “All players have a place where they add the most value.” John Maxwell adds, “The number one reason people don’t like their job is that they are not working in the area of their strengths.” Successful leaders find the strength zones of the people they lead. Here are a few suggestions for placing people in their strength zones:

1.  Provide tools for self-discovery.

2.  Give them the right job.

3.  Identify skills they need to improve.

4.  Provide training to improve these skills.

If you don’t place people in their strength zones, you are making it almost impossible for them – and you – to win.


Biblical Case Study: King David (1 Chronicles 18:14-17)

David understood that he was a steward of the gifts and abilities of the people around him. He placed individuals in appropriate jobs according to their strengths: Joab led the army; Jehoshaphat was the recorder; Shavsha served as the scribe; and so on. David knew he could multiply his accomplishments by placing his associates in the right roles. How did he do it?

1.  He knew the keys to their heart.

2.  He knew the gifts in their possession.

3.  He knew the opportunities in their pathway.



  • Are your team members serving in their strength zones?
  • What steps can you take to move them to their strength zones?


DCL Meditation and Inspiration Media and Notes © Willow Creek Association
DCL Instruction Media and Notes © EQUIP Million Leaders Mandate Volume 2