Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 3:31
Leaders Lead by Being Examples Themselves
The Bible says, “And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And King David himself followed the bier.”
The lesson here is this; Leaders lead by being examples themselves. Leaders who will truly be effective in getting their people to do what they want will not just tell them, they will show them. People are more likely to do what they see the leader do, than do what they hear the leader say. Consequently, a leader must be seen doing whatever it is he desires that his people do.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a good example.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 3:26-39
A Wise Leader Will Right the Wrongs of Those He Leads
Joab and Abishai killed Abner in a bid to avenge their late brother Asahel. David did not approve of their actions and quickly corrected it. The Bible says, “And the king lamented over Abner…..and all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them….For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.”
The lesson here is this; a wise leader will right the wrongs of those he leads. It is his responsibility. Leaders must understand that when those they lead offend, they have indirectly offended. Therefore, they ought to accept the responsibility of correcting the error. Too many leaders allow the wrong actions of their close aides and team members to go uncorrected by them. Eventually, it destroys their influence, as each time they leave it uncorrected, it signals to the people an approval.
Prayer: Father, help me to right the wrongs of those I lead.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 3:33-37
The Actions or Inactions of Leaders are Scrutinised by their Followers
The Bible says, “And the king lamented over Abner…… And when all the people came to cause David to eat….David sware, saying, so do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread….till the sun be down. And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people…..”
The lesson here is this; the actions and or inactions of leaders are scrutinised by their followers. Nothing the leader does will ever go unnoticed by those he leads. And this is because he is constantly observed with great interest. Therefore, a leader must ensure that his words and actions line up or else the people will pick up on this very quickly and easily. Only a foolish leader thinks he is not watched or that he can do as he pleases and get away with it.
Prayer: Father, help me to remember that those I lead observe my actions.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 4:5-12
Wise Leaders Do Not Reward Disloyalty
Rechab and Baanah killed King Ishbosheth in his bed and brought his head to David in Hebron, seeking a reward. David responded thus, “When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings. How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed?” Needless to say, David ordered their speedy execution.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders do not reward disloyalty. Not even when it is targeted at their rival or detractor. They recognise that one who rebels against a bad leader, can and will rebel against a good leader. The issue is not the leader, the issue is that the person has no regard for constituted authority. Wise leaders are wary of such people.
Prayer: Father, help me to recognise disloyalty and deal with it immediately.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 30:18-25
Leaders Recognise the Importance of Team Work
The Bible says, “David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David….came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David ….then answered all the wicked men…..said, because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered…..Then said David, Ye shall not do so…..but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. And it was so…..that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel….”
The lesson here is this; Leaders recognise the importance of team work. They know the value of each member of the team. David recognised that those who tarried with the stuff were just as important as those who went to war. They were all members of the team, working for the collective good of the team.
Prayer: Father, help me to value team work.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 1:3-27
Good Leaders Do Not Speak or Act Against Their Predecessors
David did not rejoice at the tragic news of Saul’s death. As a matter of fact, he ordered the death of the one who relayed the news to him because he had killed Saul. David lamented the death of Saul, a man who had tried to kill him for many years. He said, concerning Saul’s death, “Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.” He was a follower of Saul until the end.
The lesson here is this; good leaders do not speak or act against their predecessors. They understand that only good followers can become good leaders. They recognise that whatever they sow into the leadership of their predecessors they will inevitably reap in their leadership and that they cannot prosper in a leadership position that they have no regards for.
Prayer: Father, teach me genuine loyalty to my predecessors.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 30:18-25
Good Leaders Demonstrate Equity in All Their Dealings
When David set out with his men to pursue the Amalekites and recover their kidnapped wives and children, not everyone could keep up. A number of the men were faint and so stayed back and did not go to the battle. When it was time to divide the spoils, certain men, whom the Bible rightly calls, “wicked men and men of Belial,” resolved that those who did not go to battle would not partake of the spoils. David quickly stepped in and set them straight. He ensured everyone partook of the spoils from the battle with Amalek. By so doing, he endorsed impartiality
The lesson here is this; good leaders demonstrate equity in all their dealings. And they demand the same standard from those they lead. Leaders who love and seek peace and unity within their team must embrace equity. No equity, no unity and no unity, no progress.
Prayer: Father, help me to embrace and demonstrate equity in all my dealings.