In seizing the opportunity to cross the street, the first person to go usually attracts plenty of followers. Those who are quick to follow usually get the same benefits as the leader. They cross safely to the other side. If you’re uncomfortable with leading, being an early follower is perfectly acceptable. For those who follow too late though, they find themselves caught in the middle of heavy traffic.
Leaders don’t wait for permission. Leaders seize opportunity. Leaders don’t wait for the signs to all point to safety. Leaders wait for an opening, and even if it’s seemingly small, they go.