neither the shepherd
nor the sheep
The true leader has no pact, only his or her mind, and is not a. passenger or part of a crowd. He or she is not a cultivator.
Half the world believes the shepherd knows the path, and flock to be his sheep. For thousands of years the shepherd they follow was not there, but there were other shepherds, each with their own path, or perhaps each building their own extensions to the path.
For some, time spent reflecting under the shade of a tree is worth more than being coralled. They have no need to corall others, either. They spurn the busy path, and yet, they seem to know the way.