So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster?” – 1 Kings 22:18
Even the best leaders make mistakes. No one, except for God Himself, is infallible and often decisions must be made in haste rendering the best and most considered judgment an impossibility. In other words, good leaders mess up, but they seem to manage their “mess-ups” better than others.
On the other hand, there are some leaders who consistently make bad decisions, particularly in the eyes of God. What about them?
The leader that often pursues ungodly aims, like Ahab of Israel, is often free to do so and he (or she) may successfully lead others to blindly follow, because people don’t like to face the harsh reality of bad news. When the goal of a leader is to remain in power and the goal of the people is to remain comfortable, wisdom is often sacrificed on the altar of expedience. Just know that the leader who knowingly ignores God’s inconvenient, uncomfortable truth will not escape God’s wrath or punishment any more than the those who blindly follow to their mutual destruction.
Sometimes the leader’s best counsel and the people’s best hope is God’s bad news.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. – Winston Churchill