Season three spent a lot of time showing us varying styles of leadership as we watched Silver struggle with his newfound authority. We’ve seen him learn from both Flint and Madi, and in this episode, it seems clear that he has tried to carve out a path that incorporates the best of both of them. Essentially, if Flint is feared and Madi is liked, Silver believes (based on his interactions with Dobbs) that he is both feared and liked. Put this way, I almost believe that his leadership style is the most effective.
But there is another angle worth exploring.