Moses saw that the people were out of control, for Aaron had let them get out of control, resulting in weakness before their enemies. – Exodus 32:25
As a leader among the people of Israel, Aaron failed. How? He allowed the people to do what they wanted, gave them the idol they demanded (a golden calf), and worse, ultimately blamed them for his own error in order to escape God’s punishment. Weak.
Who should a leader be most concerned about offending … the people or the Almighty? In the ministry of leadership, it is sometimes necessary to offend those you lead in order to remain obedient to God Himself. To surrender to the desires of the people you lead in order to keep your position and popularity is paramount to a forfeiture of the opportunity that God has afforded.
If you lead, you do so FOR Him so that others might move TOWARD Him … period. Anything else is offensive.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. – Tony Blair