"David longed for water and said, 'Oh, that someone
would get me a drink of water from the well near the
gate of Bethlehem!' So the three mighty warriors
broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from
the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it
back to David" - 2 Samuel 23:15-16.
Even though these men were joined together for military purposes, they still had a close personal relationship. This is evidenced through several things. First, David was free enough to express something personal that he wanted. The men were close enough to hear it. The men wanted to please David so they risked their lives to go get David his hometown water and brought it back to him. These men obviously admired and loved David and were willing to work for him even at personal risk. This speaks highly of David's leadership.
LEADERSHIP STEP: You don't have to be close friends with your team, but you should be close enough to them to know something about their families, personal lives and professional aspirations. This takes time to establish and must be pursued with intentionality. Your step today is to schedule some time during your next meeting when everyone on your team shares something about themselves that the others may not know. The goal is to get to know one another personally.