I’ll admit.  I had to think about this one a bit.  As a leader, you have to have some clue what the crowd is up to.  But truly?  You have to be willing to turn your back on them periodically and do your thing.  That could be conducting the orchestra, creating a new policy, or seeking out ways to make connections with new groups of people.  You can’t do any of these things well if you are constantly trying to be the favorite.  Nope.  You have to be willing to strike out and lead.