If you are trying to influence another person or a group, then it is imperative that you understand what is required as a leader to appreciate the view, the position, and the needs of the other person or group. If you are a follower, then it is imperative that you are able to be in a dialogue with the leader to have clear expectations that are mutually agreeable and acceptable, knowing that there will be times of conflict and disagreement. That is merely part of the process and not to be avoided. Disagreement, when respectful and open, can be very productive.
Lead, follow or get out of the way is a plan of action. No action is a choice too. It’s up to you. Now.