<<Well, he seems to be good at fooling people into thinking that he’s on their side.>>
Always cynical, aren’t we, Gaz? 😀
Well, that’s one way of looking of it. And yours is a valid way of looking at it.
But there’s another: Let’s say instead that Miyamoto is a skillful manager of people. He finds a way to keep everyone happy while also keeping them in check, so that any one of them does not exert undue influence on the institution as a whole. If that means reserving and enforcing the absolute right to arbitrate between strong-willed subordinates, then so be it.