DCL 3.5 Instruction | Reward for Results

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

Whatever actions are rewarded will get repeated. That is why it is important for leaders to reward posi­tive actions and results. When you reward results, you inspire your people to work hard and to feel bet­ter about their job. To reward results effectively, follow these principles:

1.   Give praise publicly and privately.

2.  Give more than just praise. Talk is cheap.

3.  Don’t reward everyone the same.

4.  Give rewards other than money.

5.  Promote when possible.


Biblical Case Study: The King Honors Mordecai (Esther 6:1-14, 8:1-2)

In the book of Esther, chapter 6, we read that the king could not sleep. He asked that a history book be brought to him to read. He discovered that Mordecai had twice protected the king from destructive leaders. The king immediately took steps to privately and publicly honor and reward Mordecai. Mordecai reaped the benefits of a track record that showed him to be a leader who could be trusted.



  • Have you recently complimented one of your team members?
  • Did you do so publicly and privately?




Of the seven principles in this lesson, which one is your strongest? Which one is your weakest?


Name three steps you can take to become more effective in leading your team.


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