In ancient times, the word “follow” did not simply mean “to walk behind.” It meant to listen to, to obey, and to live like the one you were following. It meant doing one’s best to emulate the one being followed. The goal is for the follower to eventually become just like the leader.
The only way to do that is to develop a relationship with that leader. This relationship would not simply be that of an acquaintance, but that of a best friend. It is a close and intimate relationship. And it is a two-way relationship. Not only does the follower follow, but is taken under the wing of the leader, who desires to teach as much as the other desires to learn.