Natural Born Leaders

Davids armyDay after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.
1 Chronicles 12:22 (NIV)

Ever since I was elected captain of safety patrol for Woodlawn Elementary School in sixth grade, I have found myself in positions of leadership, of one kind or another, pretty much my entire life. I have experienced being a leader, and I have lived and worked under many different leaders in business, church, organizations, and community. I would rate myself a capable leader, but not a great leader. I am painfully aware of my own human flaws and shortcomings.

There is a certain leadership trait I have seen at work in many individuals which I find hard to quantify. I think it’s what people mean when they call someone a “natural born leader.” It can be applied to good leaders who serve groups, peoples, and nations to the betterment of all. It can also be applied to leaders whom others will follow to evil and destructive ends. Great responsibility is placed on any leader who finds that others will follow him or her.

I believe David was a natural born leader. We see it throughout his story, but especially in today’s chapter as the scribe chronicles the names of the soldiers from every tribe who joined David in his wilderness stronghold. Given a choice between the manic mental issues of King Saul (who had originally been the peoples choice based on the fact that he was tall and looked the part) and the rugged, successful young general (who was God’s choice based on the condition of David’s heart) the soldiers threw their lot in with David. His path to the throne was planned by God, but was clearly paved by his army. David controlled the loyalty and will of the nations warriors, Saul’s family was largely decimated, and there was no one left to contend for the throne.

Today, I’m thinking about leadership. I’m thinking about the things I admire and respect in leaders and reevaluating my own leadership roles in family, business, church, and community. I desire to be responsible and accountable in the leadership roles I have been given – and I have a long way to go.

One thought on “Natural Born Leaders”

  1. 2 they were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed;
    I’ve been involved in athletics, both competitive and recreational, since I was a small boy. I’ve always been skilled enough to compete, not good enough to be a star. One of the keys I learned at a very young age was that in order to be as valuable as possible to a team, I should develop ambidextrous skills. I should be able to switch hit in baseball, I should be able to shoot basketball left handed. That along with the motto: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” drove me to success. With these skills, I was able to compete with players much more athletic than I. Even back in Bible times these skills were valued. In hand-to-hand combat those able to compete with both hands were valued.

    My take away message today remains the same. We only have so many things that are controllable in our jobs. Are we maximizing our skills in those areas? Are we outworking the competition?


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