David and Solomon were well-known monarchs in Israel, but the third-generation King Rehoboam had only negative comments. Rehoboam’s people asked him to relieve them from the yoke Solomon had given them. Rehoboam did not follow the strategy the old counselors gave him - to lighten the servitude and appease the people; instead, he chose the advice of the young counselors. To ensure his reputation in the nation, he managed his people with more severe measures. It finally led to the division of Israel. The negative comments on Rehoboam in later generations were mostly due to his cruelty towards the people, his abandonment of the proper strategies, and his eagerness to establish his prestige. Some define Rehoboam as an example of a bad leader with the nation’s division. Leadership, in this sense, is oversimplified. If all the kids in the school ask to cancel the examination to reduce learning pressure, I must think twice, and I do not think that young teachers and experienced teachers might have different thoughts. Rehoboam’s decision was made after weighing different opinions, and the Bible has already concluded that the division of Israel was not because of Rehoboam’s decision, “for this turn the events was from the Lord (1 Kings 12:15).” We often have an illusion that if we make a decision that brings us a happy ending, we’re in line with the will of the Lord. Rehoboam’s experience shows us that the will of the Lord may not lead us to a happy ending.