Moses is stunned and is silent not knowing how to proceed. Momentarily he forgot what the right course of action was.
At that moment Pinchas steps forward and takes the necessary action and averts further catastrophe, as the Torah attests.
When Moses stands with the Jewish people between a rock and a hard place, with the Egyptians behind and a vast ocean in front of them and he tells the people to just be silent that is the moment that a leader steps up. Nachshon ben Aminadav begins walking right through the ocean and as a result the ocean split.
This is just a thought not applicable to Moses who truly empowered his people.
Sometimes great leaders due to their incredible presence and shining brilliance, deep insight and phenomenal experience, leave no space for others to step forward and to lead.
In your family, and your company, and your community there are very capable leaders who if given the space will do a phenomenal job leading.
Moses steps back and others immediately step forward.
Are you creating enough space in your surroundings to allow others to lead?
Rabbi Mendel (Menachem) Bluming, Potomac Maryland