"So Jonathan made a covenant with the
house of David, saying, 'May the Lord call
David’s enemies to account'" - 1 Samuel 20:16.
Jonathan and David had a close relationship, through which they served and encouraged one another. Jonathan knew he was the be David's right-hand man in the king's administration and David valued Jonathan's friendship above any other relationship. Unfortunately, Jonathan's premature death in battle prevented their friendship from maturing beyond what it was. Leaders must not fall into the flawed thinking that they do what they do in isolation. Rather, they should acknowledge their need for many to help them do the work, and some to be close enough to serve as confidantes, comrades and friends.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your leadership is not threatened but rather enhanced by a core of close followers who are also friends. Your Step today is to sit down and make a list of your closest associates in any of the work that you do, including family. Then take time to write a note or pay a personal visit to say 'thank you' for their help and support. Then use this list to pray for those people regularly. If your list is short, then you have work to do to build your network of relationships.