Read the Bible in a year by reading Second Chronicles 10--12 today Don�t Be So Hard On Subordinates By Don Ruhl After Rehoboam became king, Jeroboam and all Israel approached him with this request, "Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you." (2Ch. 10:4 NKJV) There is no reason to doubt the sincerity of the people. Solomon was a good king in many ways, but obviously, the people thought that he was too hard on them. You will discover in the reading of the text today, that Jeroboam did not listen to the people, but was harder on the people than his father had been. For some reason, there are people who believe that they have to be hard on those under their charge. They believe that that if they lighten up, the people will stop working. Yes, some will do that, but most people are happy to please their leaders, if those leaders truly care for them. How do you treat those under you? Question from the text: What did Rehoboam do after he had established the kingdom and strengthened himself?