What made king David a great man? He had God’s heart. What made him a great leader? His ability to build a great team of winners!
“These are the names of David’s mighty men…” (2 Sam 23:8)
David understood a principle all great leaders revere, “Those closest to me determined my potential.” No matter how talented you may be, no matter how smart you may be, on your own, your abilities are limited. You need a team of other talented people to help you maximise your potential and that of the organisation.
David was a man of many talents and accomplishments. However, as you examine his life, you will realise his noteworthy accomplishments were made possible ONLY by a strong team of people around him. Good leaders lead, but effective leadership develops the talents around them. David was such a leader.
We can learn FOUR key things about David and how he related to his team.
King David’s Four Leadership Principles
1. David Stood for SOMETHING
David had a dream in his heart. He was a man of Vision. The vision drew the necessary resources into his life. Do you carry a vision that compels people to follow you?
“Chase the Vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
Vision provides the foundation for any journey, the direction for people, the motivation to keep going and the focus that is needed to be effective.
2 David’s Men Came to HIM
They had fought together and learned first-hand from one another’s capabilities. They had covered one another’s backs on several occasions. They had to TRUST each other!
“The ability to establish, grow, extend and restore the confidence is the key professional and personal competency of our time.”
– STEPHEN M.R. COVEY
Trust is the Core of Leadership. The old leadership model of business implied scouring the organisation for “high-potential” producers; in the new business world, skill is the art and trust is the science of leadership.
3 David Modelled SERVANT LEADERSHIP
When three of his mighty men risked their lives to obtain drinking water for him during a battle, David refused to drink it, choosing instead to pour it out onto the ground. This no doubt made a big impression on his men and only drew greater devotion to him because of his own sacrifice.
“Ultimately, I knew that how you treat your people is how they’ll treat your customers.” – Howard Behar
Servant leadership is a philosophy that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organisations and ultimately creates a more just and caring environment.
4 David Commanded LOYALTY
His followers were incredibly loyal to him. When his son Absalom betrayed him, it looked as though David might be defeated; his closest men stayed with him. The people closest to him always seemed willing to put their lives on the line for him.
“When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Disagreement, at this state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.”
— General Colin Powell
Loyalty cannot be produced on an assembly line or manufactured as a product. Its origin is the epicentre of the human heart – the place of self-respect and dignity. It is necessary for organisational stability and growth, it is sensitive to betrayal. David’s team are celebrated not only for what they did but for who they were!
When choosing your “inner circle,” test your teams hearts on the following four values: Vision, Trust, Servanthood and Loyalty.
If the leaders you depend possess these qualities, they are God’s gift to you and a great asset to your business.
As a Leadership Architect, Executive Coach Architect and trained in the John Maxwell Leadership Philosophy, you can invite me to speak to your company or team on:
- How to Foster Organisation Loyalty
- How to Command Loyalty (Your Executive Presence)
- The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork (John Maxwell)