Leadership is a battle field. Criss Jami once said, “Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.”
Being a leader requires an understanding of battle consciousness, especially for top leaders. You don’t need to offend anyone to face the battle of leadership.
Once you are called into leadership, you are automatically in the midst of battles. If you are a top leader in your ministry or business, you are the main target of adversaries and oppositions. Hence, you must not be ignorant of battles militating against your success. The principle that has not changed over time is “Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter.”
So winning in leadership therefore requires astute awareness of strategies, tactics, devices and dynamics of attacks capable of destroying you as a leader.
There are four ways leaders are attacked according to 2 Samuel 17:1-2.
Leaders face the battle of betrayals. If you must thrive in leadership, you cannot afford to be unprepared for betrayal.
“If you are not prepared to confront the battle of betrayal, you cannot make it in leadership.”
You must expect betrayals and depend on the Lord for the wisdom to handle them. Great leaders always survive betrayals. David was betrayed by his boss, King Saul. He faced betrayals from his own son, his bosom and trusted friend, but he never allowed all these to deter him.
He was able to face the battle successfully because he depended on the Lord. Also, he positioned a loyal person in the midst of his betrayers who operated in divine wisdom. To win the battle of betrayals, you need a loyalist in the midst of your betrayers. This is a timeless leadership principle.
The second weapon of enemy against a leader is the leader’s vulnerability. Enemies don’t attack a leader in his strongest moment but at his weakest moment. Attack comes most often in our careless moments, even after a very big victory has been won.
“Your weakness is the weapon of your oppositions.”
Ahithophel said, “I will come upon him (David) while he is weary and discouraged…” (2 Samuel 17:2TLB).
So each time you are weary and discouraged, be watchful for the attacks of your oppositions. That’s why we must always draw strength from the Lord. No wonder David always encouraged himself in the Lord.
“If you are not encouraged, you will be caged.”
Most times we may need to retreat and find a place to rest, refresh and renew. But never allow your oppositions to get you in weariness and discouragement.
Another weapon you must always destroy is threat. Ahithophel said, “And will make him afraid and all the people that are with him shall flee…” Vs 2b
Satan always want to make a leader afraid so that people around him will flee in fear because the leader who suppose to encourage them is downcast.
Prayer for boldness is required whenever you are leading under threats just like the apostles did in Acts 4:23-31.
Something that touched me from the statement of Ahithophel in 2 Samuel 17:2 is that, “And I will kill only the king.” So the battle is not first of all to destroy the people but the leader only. Don’t you think that’s also the mission of Satan against every great leader – to destroy the leader only. In other words, until the leader is destroyed, the people cannot be enslaved.
No leader should be ignorant of this battle of destruction. Be strong in the Lord. Be courageous. Put on the whole Armour of God. Fight the good fight of faith because your destiny is secured in the Lord. You will not be destroyed. You matter to God for the freedom and prosperity of His people. Watch and pray and the Holy Spirit will protect you against destruction.