Most modern Orthodox literature having to do with bishops puts them in a very good light, following passages such as that of Hebrews or St. Ignatius:
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." - Heb. 13:17
"Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop." - Smyrnaeans, 8
However, every once in a while I come across quotes which are not so positive sounding, for example these by St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom:
"For me there is one thing above all that one has to beware of--a bad bishop. Do not be overawed by the dignity of the throne, for all have the dignity but not all have the grace. Set aside the sheep's clothing, watch out for the wolf." - Quoted in: John McGuckin, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography
, (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2001), p. 118, fn 102
"I do not think there are many among Bishops that will be saved, but many more that perish: and the reason is, that it is an affair that requires a great mind." - Homily 3 on Acts
So what I'd like to know is, is there a book or article out there that balances the two types of statements and synthesises them, so we are left with a middle way or "royal road" on which to walk, telling us about how to not blindly follow bishops, but yet still trust in their guidance and leadership? Basically I'm looking for something a bit more balanced than the typical "follow your bishop!" if any such text is available?