Let's be honest. At least one time in the life we have aspired to be recognized as the undisputed leader in a group of individuals.
No matter we are at work or we are playing a sport, all of us tend to scan the people around and put our own qualities under the spotlight. It happens by instict. As part of the same natural mechanism, all of us look for guidance. Someone to follow in order to learn something or have protection, in order to increase our skills or be told how to overcome an issue.
There's nothing bad or contradictory in that. For millions of years humans have been living peacefully together and have been also strongly competing to deserve the title of number 1.