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Should leaders always listen to the people?


Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.
They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.  2 Chronicles 10:6-8
            Leaders should listen to people, but they shouldn’t always do what the people tell them to do.  Leaders should listen to moods and sentiments, pay attention to the news, but also follow a higher road of wisdom (preferably the Bible).  Leaders should surround themselves with advisers who do the same thing.
            Rehoboam should have listened to the people and his advisers who could sense the groundswell of rebellion occurring.  Rehoboam made a power grab and failed, losing most of his nation.  Leaders must balance all the voices coming their way and listen to the most trusted ones.  Failure to do so can be tragic.