IS BECOMING A RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL LEADER JUST A WAY TO MAKE MONEY WITHOUT HAVING TO DO ANY REAL WORK?
I believe it is most often a matter of money and power. There may be some who are true ideologues, but most have the ideology only as a means for the money & power, IMO.
I think some might initially join a cause because they sincerely believe they can make a change for the better, but then they become contaminated by the illuson of power.
Very few seem able to resist the cesspool of money and corruption.
Most become tools.
It gets your spoiled children fed.