Lead, follow or get out of the way. Good advice.
Unless there are too many of one and not enough of the other.
Then again, Americans are self starters. And we can be, under the right circumstances, an army of one. Small cells come to mind too.
I'm proud that we've given a 'get it done' attitude in our kids. and that means they are frequently leaders.
But, it isn't a bad thing to be a follower.
I taught the kids that in order to give orders, you have to learn to take them.
Following orders is something my son will learn firsthand in the Marine Corps.
We have the capacity in America to be followers, but also to assume command of a situation when called upon.
One of the keys to victory in the War for Independence was the fact that the Brits military setup didn't allow for followers to take over. If officers and non coms went, there tended to be a state of flux.
That doesn't mean there aren't people who cannot assume command in other armed groups. But Americans make it their business to be ready when the situation warrants it.
You have to start somewhere.
No one starts at the top. Or else, where would the experience come from?
Even in Medieval times, young nobles would have knights train them in combat and leadership roles.
It is so much more true now since in our Republic we are all sovereigns, thus our individual responsibility we can assume command of a situation whatever it may be in time of necessity.
be a follower. Be a leader. Get in the way of tyranny.