He was not a good man but an effective leader. Abimelech broke with his allies, the Shechmites. He vented his wrath against them and came to the tower of their city. He told his followers to cut down limbs from trees and urged his men to do as they saw him do (Judges 9:48). That is leadership. In this he was like his father, Gideon (Judges 7:17).

    As in the case with Gideon, so with Abimelech. They were successful in their victory over their enemies. Good leadership is so important in any undertaking. Read about it.