Those are my only choices?
Power leaders often cite this quote to imply that there is only one choice for success. To lead. Well, sometimes a leader has to get out of the way. Have you ever had a boss that impeded your progress or the progress of the team? Sometimes a leader has to follow. Have you ever thought your manager should have followed your idea instead of her own?
These are not absolute choices.
The quote should be changed, “You can lead, follow and get out of the way.”
Or maybe, “You can lead, follow and get out of the way. You just better know when to do which.”