Saul is one of those Bible characters that I relate to and despise. He had the knack for making the wrong decisions because of hastiness, but at times he seemed genuine. The thing you can consistently say about Saul is that he liked to operate ahead of God. He acted rashly, often jumping into action without giving serious consideration. At other times, as in with the Philistine champion Goliath, he seemed paralyzed with indecision even though God was clearly with them. Not pausing to pray when something big is on the line is a critical mistake for anyone; especially leaders. And failing to act upon what God has clearly said is just as big of a mistake. Two saying come to mind for any leader considering the life of Saul. The first is "fools rush in." The second is "the paralysis of analysis". Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where we want to be.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 1 Samuel 13-14