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.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 30:1-8
Leaders Take Practical Steps to Resolve Crisis
David and his men arrived Ziklag to discover that the town had been invaded and their wives and children kidnapped. They wept, until they had no more power to weep and spoke of stoning David. But the Bible says, “And David said to Abiathar the priest….bring me hither the ephod…..and David inquired at the Lord, saying, shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them?” David realised that neither weeping nor stoning him would solve the problem at hand. The way forward was to recover what was lost.
The lesson here is this; leaders take practical steps to resolve crisis. Others may talk about the crisis, complain about the crisis, weep because of the crisis or simply play the blame game. However, a true leader will rise to the challenge of resolving the crisis. True leaders are solution providers. Are you a leader? How do you react to crisis?
Prayer: Father, in the midst of a crisis, help me to seek resolution above all else.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 30:1-6
Leaders are Self-encouraged
When David and his men arrived Ziklag to discover that the town had been invaded in their absence and their wives and children taken away, it was indeed the mother of all chaos. The Bible says, “then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep…….and David was greatly distressed, for the people spake of stoning him….but David encouraged himself…..” In the midst of crisis when David had no one to encourage him, he encouraged himself.
The lesson here is this; leaders are self-encouraged. And it is just as well because in the midst of crisis when those who should provide the required encouragement, turn against the leader and become his greatest source of discouragement, blaming him for their predicament, then he must look inwards. It is usually at such times that leaders recognise that the encouragement they seek cannot come from without but from within, for within them it lies.
Prayer: Father, help me to be self-encouraged.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 26:1-10
Wise Leaders Stand by Their Convictions
One more time David was persuaded to kill Saul and one more time he refused. He said to Abishai, “Destroy him not; for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.” He refused to be persuaded against his better judgement.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders stand by their convictions. And especially when they are right. Once convinced that a course of action is honourable, they won’t be talked out of it. David was convinced that it was wrong to put forth his hand against Saul and his men could not convince him otherwise. Such leaders are not double minded men, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, and changing their minds at the drop of a hat.
Prayer: Father, help me to stand by my convictions when they are right.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 25:2-13
A Bad Leader Calls Forth Trouble with His Mouth
Nabal said to David’s messengers; “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?” He was calling for war, and one he was not prepared for, because when David heard these words, he said to his men, “Gird ye on every man his sword.” And they set out to destroy Nabal’s entire household.
The lesson here is this; a bad leader calls forth trouble with his mouth. And unfortunately, when the trouble arrives, it consumes those he leads as well. Such leaders do not realise that their words affect those around them. They speak carelessly and thoughtlessly and their followers suffer the effect.
Prayer: Father, help me to bridle my tongue as a leader.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 25:2-11
A Bad Leader Will Fail to Show Gratitude
When David was in the wilderness, he met with and showed kindness to Nabal’s shepherds and sheep by protecting them from harm. When he required food for himself and his men, he sent messengers to Nabal who had plenty of food, requesting a favour in return for the act of kindness previously shown. However, Nabal responded; “Who is David and who is the son of Jesse…Shall I then take my bread and my water…..and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?” Thus he did not show gratitude to David.
The lesson here is this; a bad leader will fail to show gratitude. This is because he is not a deep thinker. And because he fails to think on the good he has received, he does not appreciate its value and therefore is unable to be grateful. The leader who shows gratitude is the leader who thinks.
Prayer: Father, help me to be thoughtful that I may be grateful.
Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 24:1-6
Great Leaders Understand Loyalty
David had an opportunity to kill Saul and was encouraged by his men to seize it. Although he did not take their counsel, he reached out and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe. And the Bible says, “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. And he said to his men, the Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”
The lesson here is this; great leaders understand loyalty. They recognise that in order to receive loyalty from followers one must be loyal to one’s leaders. Those who sow seeds of betrayal always reap the fruits of betrayal and those who sow the seeds of loyalty can expect to reap a similar harvest.
Prayer: Father, help me stay loyal to those I follow that I may reap the same act in those I lead.