In the Bible, King David knew what it was to be a leader in such a manner. People followed him simply because he had a goal, ambition, passion; and he attracted large numbers of dedicated fighting men who were willing to die to see him have whatever he wanted. In 2nd Samuel 23, we are given David's last words, and a list of his elite fighting forces known simply as David's Mighty Men. Some 37 in all, are named among these men. But, the list is preceded by an admission by David in verse five that the children he raised in his own house did not meet up to his standards of leadership.
There is some confusion about the division of the different squads of Mighty men, mostly because of the translation, and the wording of the sentences. A group of thirty is mentioned, and a special group of three. It is not clear whether the three are a subgroup of the thirty, or separate from the count of thirty. But, the total at the end is given as 37 in all. Within the group of the greatest three, we see some remarkable leadership qualities displayed. Adino, Eleazar, and Shammah. Adino was said to have fought off 800 men with a spear, by himself. Eleazar held his ground in a battle when Israel retreated. He fought so long and hard with his sword, that the fingers of his hand were stiffened and curled around the handle, stuck to the sword by the time he finished killing all the Philistine enemy. David said that God gave him great victory in that battle. At that point, all the Israelite soldiers who had retreated returned to plunder the battlefield. Then there was Shammah, who likewise had stood his ground in a field of lentils (beans) when the Philistines had attacked and the rest of his troop had retreated. He fought alone and was given a "great victory" as well.
2 Samuel 23:10 He arose, and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword: and the LORD brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder.
No where in Scripture do we read of God having a plan for His children to be defeated. His plan is for each of us to be mighty and victorious in His kingdom. The only question is whether you plan to lead, follow, or get out of the way until time to take the plunder. If you are in the middle of a battle, look for a great victory soon. It is yours to take.