I’ve come to the conclusion, based on some small understanding of psychology, that the way individuals react in Church callings in leadership responsibilities is based primarily on their own individual sense of humanity & internal feeling of compassion for others.
However, the desire to serve a role of ‘the leader’ can sometimes over-power that natural, internal characteristic of human decency & consideration for others. This happened to me when, as a Bishop, I verbally & emotionally attacked my brother and his wife for being apostate & trying to teach others about the ‘uncomfortable origins & history’ of the Church. My role as ‘protector of the Church’ became paramount & all my compassion for my brother was over-powered by the emotion driven thinking of the amygdala response. A flight/fight primitive brain function.
Many priesthood leaders exercise unrighteous dominion over the members, because they are relying on ‘inspiration’ from God & ‘feel’ justified in their actions because they are acting on God’s will. After all, God is guiding them!!!
I now believe that this ‘inspiration from God’ is just the individual’s own intuition or sub-conscious mind feeding him this ‘inspiration’. So it’s from himself, but he’s convinced it’s from God, so can be completely confident it is the correct thing to do, & arrogantly force his will on others.
My Stake President ‘bigged’ me up so much that the ward members were told to follow me just like they would the Prophet, because God was leading me & I was receiving revelation to lead the Ward! And they were told that the Lord wouldn’t allow me to lead them astray!
That probably explains why they got so worried when I resigned as Bishop and became apostate! Oops! Own goal for them!