The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Jealous Leaders

Bible Character: Saul

Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. 1 Samuel 18:8-9 NIV
On the surface Saul was jealous of David because he thought he might lose his kingdom to him, but we know that David’s heart was pure and dedicated to Saul.

Can this happen to us?

Everyone knows what if feels like to be jealous. Most also know that the human feelings we sometimes have need to be denied legitimacy, or soon we will self-destruct, like Saul!

What can be the consequences of a jealous leader?

Don’t Let People Blossom

Leader’s always attempt to make others look good. They work at developing an individual’s skill so that they can be more valuable to the organization. Often those working for you are better at some skills than you are. A jealous leader becomes resentful and inhibits people from fully developing. It’s hard for them to celebrate other’s accomplishments and abilities.

Lose People

Jealous leaders soon begin to lose the trust of the individuals they work with. This in combination of not giving people proper credit and holding them back from full development soon leads to associates quitting.

How to Fix It

The real problem with Saul is found a few verses later. Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had left Saul. 1 Samuel 18:12 NIV

Saul had lost sight of God, and without Him he was overcome by his human tendencies. We’re all vulnerable when we don’t have God as our center focus. Many of God’s standards are opposite of our human desires and weaknesses.


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