G‑d then specified the names of the tribal leaders who would assume ownership of their respective territories on behalf of their tribes, and then divide the Land of Israel to their tribes’ individual members.
When the Shoe Fits
אֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר יִנְחֲלוּ לָכֶם אֶת הָאָרֶץ וגו': (במדבר לד:יז)
[G‑d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people,] “These are the names of the men who will inherit the land on your behalf.” Numbers 34:17

We are all leaders, whether in our families, in our circle of friends, or among our work associates. In our roles as leaders, we must follow the example of the tribal leaders of the Jewish people. Just as they assigned every member of their tribe a tract of land appropriate to that individual’s needs and abilities, we should make sure that our “followers” are employed in the best way possible, both for themselves and for the group. We learn how to do this also from the tribal leaders. Just as the tribal leaders assumed ownership of their respective territories on behalf of their fellow Jews, so should we put ourselves mentally in the place of each and every one of our followers in order to appreciate each one’s unique personality and strengths.

The true and ultimate leader, of course, is G‑d Himself. It follows that when G‑d assigns each of us our task in life, He does so in accordance with our unique strengths, gifts, and talents. Therefore, should we ever wish that our specific challenges in life were different than what they are, we should recall that G‑d gave us these challenges, tailoring them precisely to our abilities and in accordance with our best long-term interests.1