People derive pleasure from seniority (leadership and high posts). In reality, pleasure is in remaining a junior. All responsibility devolves on seniors. However, if the seniority is divinely imposed, then it will be accompanied by Divine Aid. Allah Ta’ala aids such a person. But if the seniority has been pursued and acquired, there will be no Divine Aid for such a person. In fact, even divinely imposed seniority is not without its dangers.
What then should be said about seniority after which one hankers and strives to acquire? Rarely are there people who despite having the means of seniority (wealth and power), are not overtaken by pride. Leadership is the occupation of only the Siddiqeen.