1 Chronicles 12:39
“And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.”
David was one of the great leaders in the Scriptures. The ground rules he followed as a leader is why he became such a great leader. Any person who holds a position of leadership could glean great insight on how to lead if they would study the ground rules that led to David’s ability to be such a great leader. When you examine David’s life through the prism of leadership, you find that there were four ground rules that guided his entire reign as king. These four ground rules should govern every leader, and if they are followed, they will enable the leader to do more than they thought they could ever do. Let me share with you these four ground rules for leadership.
The first ground rule David followed was that he consulted with others. 1 Chronicles 13:1 says, “And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.” David clearly understood that he didn’t know everything. One mistake weak leadership makes is the notion that they know how to do everything. David was wise in consulting those who worked with the people. Great leaders realize they don’t know everything about everything; therefore, they consult others for opinions, ideas, and guidance before making decisions. Certainly, the leader must make the ultimate decision, but they should always consult those who are over an area before making the decision.
The second ground rule David followed was that he prepared. In the verse above, David was able to feed the leaders who met with him for three days because he prepared. Great leaders know the value of preparation. If you do everything at the last minute, you are sure to make catastrophic decisions that will demoralize morale and bring danger to the ability to accomplish what you are trying to do. A good leader looks ahead and plans. Every good leader knows that unexpected situations always arise. If you don’t plan ahead, the unexpected will overwhelm you; however, if you plan ahead, you will always have time to handle those unforeseen situations properly.
The third ground rule David followed was that he was organized. Organization is different from preparation. Organization is what defines the roles of each person and the boundaries in which they are to work. Disorganization always leads to frustration. Organization keeps everyone working in their defined areas so that people are not meddling in another’s area of responsibility. David was able to clearly define the responsibilities of those who worked with him, and that is what allowed everything to run smoothly. One of the biggest causes of conflict between staff and leaders is that there were no defined roles explained in the beginning. If you want to keep a good relationship with your staff, you must clearly define their roles so that they understand what you expect from them.
The fourth ground rule that David followed was that he learned the value of delegating duties. A leader will never grow beyond their ability to delegate. If you don’t delegate, you will stagnate. Delegating is what builds followers into leaders. As a leader, you must be willing to let others do what you could do but cannot do properly because of your responsibility to lead the whole organization. However well you are able to delegate will determine the level of growth you will achieve.