Who would have picked Gideon as a leader? Certainly not Gideon. But despite Gideon’s doubts, God used him. And he grew as a leader through several stages:
He started at home with his servants by destroying an altar to Baal and building a new altar to God.
He won over his father, who was a key influencer, and Gideon’s life was spared when the men of Oprah came after him.
He broadened his circle by winning the influence of Joash, the Abiezrites, and tribes beyond his borders.
He moved at the right time, with the right number of people, and won a great victory.
People don’t automatically buy into a good cause, as we see with Gideon. People buy into the leaders first, then the leader’s vision.
So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manaesh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely, I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
(from Leadership Promises for Everyday)