"Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul,
David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief
would come to Saul; he would feel better, and
the evil spirit would leave him" - 1 Samuel 16:23.
Saul had an 'evil spirit,' perhaps of depression, anxiety or anger. This problem was a problem for everyone in the royal court, yet no one would dare confront or deal with this issue, including Saul himself. Instead everyone tried to 'medicate' and placate him with music played by David. Saul became the focus and center of attention instead of God or the needs of the people. When leaders control their situation through moods or preoccupation with their own personal problems, an organizational dysfunction takes root that only grows bigger and stronger unless dealt with honestly and directly by the management team or the board of directors.
LEADERSHIP STEP: As a leader, do people know which one of you will show up every day? Are you consistent with your moods and feelings, or do you have people walking on eggshells around you? Your job today is to identify a counselor, whether you think you need one or not, and to schedule time to talk about any personal or personality challenges that may be impacting those with whom you work. Then you should plan on meeting at least once every quarter.