Leading the undesirable
“Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”
1 Samuel 22:2 NTL
Imagine yourself to be a leader of people with problems, indebted or embittered; people without desire to live.
Definitely no one would like to be the leader of a group of people with these characteristics; but this was the type of people who came to David asking to be their leader. I can imagine the reaction of David¡, he already had enough with his own problems, at that time he was running from King Saul who wanted to kill him; and to top a group of “undesirables” made him their leader; but you knows what was interesting – David did not reject them! -, forward this Bible tells us that these men were the first soldiers who took David, and with them he won many battles.
How are you watching your team? Do you see them as a group of undesirable, problematic and “good for nothing” people? Would you prefer to go alone rather than going in front of this group? Make a stop and change your approach, see the potential of your team, view the many battles that you with them can win together.
Maybe you’re right and now may not reflect anything good; but remember, what makes a great leader is the ability to facilitate and enhance the greatness in all of us.
© David García Licona – August 2013