"They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom? I must stop him."
When a leader starts seeing the success of their subordinates as a threat, the seed of jealousy is planted. A leader cannot achieve success without people. A leader must recognize that every one has inherent gifts and talents. Harnessing and using these effectively will contribute to a leader's success.
One thing that is certain in life is death. No leader will live or reign forever. To continue to build on past and current success, a leader must invest in developing successors. Identifying, sharpening and testing gifts and talents of followers would help a leader to develop a good selection of successors.
King Saul missed it when he became jealous of the young David. He failed to identify the gift in the young man. With him, he could have conquered all the enemies surrounding the nation of Israel. With him, he could have built a good legacy of his leadership. But his jealousy became his downfall. Saul became twisted with hatred and sort to kill the young man. He eventually lost his life and David became King.
As a leader, never begrudge the gift in those you are leading. They are there to help you become successful in the present and even after your leadership ends. Do not let insecurity destroy your leadership.
Your challenge this month is to identify the gift in one person around you and help them to use it.