The “Western” way suggests being a leader is ideal, but it doesn’t mean you can’t follow others too. Many philosophies recommend valuing everyone equally to maximise success, in relationships, in life and at work, which also means sharing leadership. Nobody knows best all the time.
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said: “All streams flow to the sea because it lies below them” and apparently meant that good leaders are able to follow others without seeing following as an act of weakness.
In real life, good leaders employ and manage people with more talent and experience than themselves, and we take the advice of people who may be paid or educated less, for their specific knowledge and skills. You wouldn’t try leading yourself through the wilderness, rebuilding your house, or training to climb Everest without guidance.
Many everyday relationships and interactions require following and leading others. Both are essential skills and ascribing strength or weakness to either is a false perception. It takes skill and self-knowledge to understand when to be one or the other.