A good leader realizes that there will be those who are thankful for the provision and others who will abuse it, if not reject it outright. Moreover, he recognizes that both response and rejection can be used to his advantage. It does not matter if it is fission or fusion, for in either case vast amounts of energy are released and are consequently available to be harnessed.
The challenge is with those who are neither cold nor hot. The lukewarm people of the world (be they employees, friends or family) are unwilling to commit to one direction or another; neither are they willing to declare their true feelings or intentions. They hide in a haze of mediocrity, making themselves unavailable when you most need them and fully available when the moment has passed.
In my experience, steady leadership creates a pressure field that, over time, causes the lukewarm people in your field of responsibility to make the choice. They eventually and invariably prove themselves to be either with you or against you.
When they start to make that choice, don’t get in their way! Don’t react to the mounting pressure that will likely be causing them to thrash about as they approach the moment of decision. If your expression is consistent with truth, the sorting that occurs on this basis is a good and necessary thing. Let it unfold naturally and without manipulation and your field of influence will sort out without being conditioned by prejudice, personal preference or narrow vision.