19. All those who were in distress, or in debt, or discontented gathered around him (1 Samuel 22:2).
David’s collection of misfits later proves to be a blessing of diversity, but one wonders the nature of their initial connection with him. A leader tends to draw those around him who fit best with him. Another statement says that people get the leader they deserve. Could this mean that David’s own discontent or distress is dominating this point in his life? It seems likely that David’s ability to fit anywhere fits these guys. He is in their same shoes.
You can tell much about a leader by observing those closest to him. John Maxwell insists that the leader’s team will dictate both the quality quantity of what the leader will produce; therefore, the wise leader will always be looking to improve his team both by coaching those who work with him and by adding quality team members a every opportunity.