Leadership Qualities: Courage Part 2

One Item Saul Forgot-1 Samuel 10:17-13:14 (negative)

Observe the leadership of Saul:

  1. When the time arrives to anoint Saul as king, he hides among the baggage.
  2. When Samuel asks Saul to lead, he excuses himself as unable.
  3. When Saul’s soldiers begin to scatter, he panics and disobeys his divine orders.
  4. When confronted over his sin, Saul makes excuses for himself.
  5. When Saul attacks the Amalekites, he is afraid to trust God and destroy the enemy.
  6. When Saul fears losing the allegiance of the people, he builds a statue of himself.
  7. When the Philistines face Israel, Saul’s fear prevents him from negotiating.
  8. When David gains popularity, Saul’s insecurity drives him to attempted murder.

Lessons from Saul

  • Courage and cowardice are both contagious.
  • Without courage, it doesn’t matter how good your intentions are.
  • Only courage allows you to do what you are afraid of doing.
  • Without courage we’re slaves of our own insecurity and possessiveness.
  • If the leader lacks courage, the people will lack commitment.
  • A leader without courage will never let go of the familiar.
  • Lack of courage will eventually sabotage a leader.

Join me next time for Leadership Qualities: Courage Part 3