The Uriah Strategy

The Uriah Strategy – Failure By Design

Have you ever experienced the situation where you are given a task or mission to complete then seem isolated and unable to achieve it? Have you put someone in that position?

You are not alone.

The strategy of putting someone into a situation and then withdrawing any necessary support from around them only to use it as an excuse to criticize or remove them is not new. It has been used for thousands of years by rulers and leaders usually to cover up their own weaknesses or failures.

The prime example of this is Uriah the Hittite.

There is a bible story of King David who slept with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite who was one of his faithful commanders,  as a result of this encounter she became pregnant. To hide this King David arranged Uriah to be placed on the front line of a battle only to have the supporting army retreat from that position allowing Uriah to be killed by an enemy and for Bathsheba to become his wife.  (Bible: 2 Samuel 11:2-27)

Some leaders/rulers have made conscious efforts to do this as a way of hiding weaknesses or even to arrange for a reason to dismiss someone whom otherwise is a good worker/employee/subordinate, or to deal with people they disagree with.

Ways to avoid this.

  • Do not put yourself into positions where you need to cover up mistakes
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Respect others
  • Keep good accountability structures for yourself.
  • Do not take for yourself that which is an others. (ideas, property, concepts,)
  • Do not put your own pride before the safety of others.
  • Always provide the resources to see that a task can be completed.

Always think about the consequences of your actions. There is no place for any form of bullying in any organisation. A great leader shows respect, courage, honesty and lives a life of integrity, when they do make mistakes (and they will) they will admit it and put things right.

If you are a leader, never use this strategy. It will destroy others and ultimately yourself and the empire you are building.

This was failure by design, failure for Uriah who was killed, Bathsheba who lost her husband and her child, The result for King David was that his own family rebelled against him and he never knew peace in his kingdom again, he lost his integrity, respect, and his vision, his family, his peace and he was never able to see the vision that he had for his nation completed.

Leadership food for thought.

Paul S Allen

Fallen Down

About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me:

Posted on 05/03/2011, in Business Development, Church, Faith and Personal Development, Leadership, Think and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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