David learns much about leadership by the negative example of his predecessor, King Saul. David was a blessing to King Saul and his army, but because of paranoia and pride, Saul sought to assassinate his greatest asset. Saul reigned by fear and drove away those who might challenge his leadership. David, on the other hand, surrounds himself with mighty men, "who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel" (1 Chronicles 11:10).
David's great men were unusual in their courage and in strength:
David's selection of mighty men exemplifies the qualities of great leaders:
What a great leader!
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