One of the best ahem..."experiences", is watching those people lose their mind when you don't obey their every command. Very entertaining stuff. That is one of the uhhh "benefits", of leaving. You can watch that any time you want because they can't do a thing about it.
Boy oh boy (!), you got that right, Sleepy Skunk! Some of the YMD leaders had downright outward conniption fits after a while (it takes time to build up to that point, though, after they try all of the other gakkai cult playbook manipulation tactics, without the expected results).
It all depends on the person though: some would try to use their pseudo-mystical-delusional cult org. "authority" to exclude you from doing things (didn't work, just made me happier) / others will blow a gasket and outright yell, even scream, at you (didn't work, I would just calmly back up and walk away, after giving them an unmistakable look that they are out of line and have a screw loose) / others will silently nod, then spread the official word for others to start giving you the silent treatment (this was from a "senior" salaried leader, whose horse-sh*t I wasn't buying - how's that for "compassionate" officially
sanctioned model "buddhist" behavior?) / and yet others may completely go bonkers and resort to lashing out physically in utter frustration (I've mentioned this before and it only happened to me once, from a Japanese WD cult org. queen who was always used to people deferring to her and getting her way, BUT I also saw the same kind of reaction from other WD during the priesthood breakup when they would go into attack mode against temple members).
Those "experiences", are some of the best stories I have from my time in. Hilarious memories, now, but definitely not at the time they happened.
Hitch I have another question for you since you were in this spot at one time. What happens to leaders when a member leaves, are they held accountable in any way or even punished?
Both heads and sh*t roll uphill in the gakkai cult org. (when it doesn't work going down, it just starts to roll back up). There is nothing they can do to you as a common, ordinary "member", other than offer empty threats of mystical damnation and / or excluding you from "activities" (which can never be permanent, unless you are a danto - temple - member. Now that the gakkai itself has been excommunicated, I understand they do the same thing with some.)
One reason they go berserk when members walk is because the numbers go down. When said numbers reach enough critical mass (whether it be district / territory / national / etc.), that's when it starts to flow (just ask Mr. Williams / Sadanaga). No leader is immune. Punishment is in the form of being stripped of your "leadership" position and all the (perceived) perks that come with it (authority, member adulation and the brainwashed benefit of being able to serve Cousin Rufus for those who really believe it - taking away your force field shields that protect you from "fundamental darkness", etc.). I'm sure salaried leaders also face a pay and travel cuts, if they screw it up badly enough or don't live up to expectations (don't forget, it's always *YOUR* fault, nobody else's). This is why "leaders" can sometimes get unscrupulously evil and manipulative, if they come under enough pressure.
The Achilles heel, for those that genuinely believe (members, "leaders", salaried drones), is the magical thinking --> it's a double-edged sword that can cut them both ways.