The Old Testament book of 1st Samuel chapter 22 begins with this paragraph: “David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them.”
The larger story is that David (who would become the future king) was on the run from King Saul. He was actually hiding out in a cave fearing for his life, but when people heard about it, they went and joined him. Keep in mind that he was considered by Saul an enemy, which made him an outlaw.
And yet, people from all walks of life were drawn to him.
I have a friend who directs episodic dramas for network television. He once told me, “Every day on the set I work with about 60 people on my crew. I never mention that I’m a Christian, and yet every time someone on my team is going through a divorce, struggling with alcohol, or having other personal issues, they always find seem to their way to me.”
Like David, there’s something about my friend’s life that draws people into his circle of influence.
The question is: Who’s drawn to you?
As leaders, are we living our lives in such a way that people want to be around us? Not because of your title, position, money, or fame – just because of you.
I’ve discovered that in these situations, most of the people can’t even name the reason they’re attracted, they just feel a need to be near a particular person. There should be something about your life that makes people want to follow your leadership. Call it confidence, charisma, expertise, or the Holy Spirit. Whatever it is, a leader needs it.
Because if you have to remind everyone you’re a leader, then you’re not one.