Then their failure was heralded to everyone along with their punishment.
The story is in the thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel. The prophet's utterance of God's judgment clearly blames the shepherds (leaders) of Israel for its eventual fall to the Babylonians and the forced conquest of the Jewish people. This is what God told Ezekiel to say:
Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves, should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with wool: you slaughter the fattlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken nor brought back what was driven away, or sought what was lost: but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.... Thus, says the Lord God: Behold I am against the shepherds, and I will require my flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them (Ezekiel 34:2-4;Ezekiel 34:10).
There are plenty of religious and secular examples of failed leadership, but there are also examples for good effective leadership with the primary example being Jesus.
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