2 Samuel 18:4 (KJV) Good Leadership

2 Samuel 18:4 (KJV)
And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

I understand the principle of servant leadership. David was king for the benefit of the people and not the other way around. But in yet another biblical example of the mistake of bowing to majority rule or popular opinion, the battle between Absalom and David goes in a less than ideal direction because David did what pleased the people rather than owning leadership:

  • Joab ignored David’s clear instructions
  • A foot soldier was placed in the position of having to obey what he knew to be David’s instructions or the wishes of his immediate superior, Joab and
  • Absalom died

All because David did what pleased the people.

Good leadership always takes into account the pleasure of the people because leadership is there for the benefit of the people. However good leadership looks beyond the immediate pleasure of the people to find the long term good.

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2 Samuel 18:4 (KJV) Good Leadership

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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