Being a leader in whatever it is you're trying to accomplish is always better than following in the footsteps of what everyone else is doing. I've always did that in terms of my personality, style, and almost anything else that I do. When I was in high school, I set myself apart from other girls by dressing and looking completely different from them, and I was able to stand out almost without any effort. Of course, many were jealous, but that just made me like being different even more.
SO.. the next time you want to follow someone else, try making your own path instead.