Leaders and followers can be different and similar in their own ways. They can be different because leaders make it happen whereas followers let it happen; but also, they can be similar because followers graduate to become new leaders.
Leaders and followers can be different because leaders are the ones who make it happen whereas followers are the ones who let it happen. In page 193 of the book it says, “Ender motioned for them all to back away from the door. Then he pulled forward a few of the taller boys, including Crazy Tom, and made them kneel, not squatting back to sit on their heels. He flashed them. Now the boys understood.” This shows how Ender started commanding, after seeing the situation of what would happen in the battle room and everyone in his group started to understand him and do the same thing as he was doing.
Leaders and followers can be similar too, because to become a new leader, the followers have to gradually become one. For example, from the book Enders game in page 221, it is said “Well, who’s commanding Rabbit then?” Bean held his hands up helplessly and said “Me.” It is shown how Bean who used to be in part of Ender’s dragon army had become a commander in the rabbit army. Another example that is shown is when Ender became a commander. In page 156 it says “He handed Ender his hook, the small box that allowed commanders to go where they wanted in the battle room during practices.” Here when Ender got his hook from Anderson, it meant that Ender was assigned to be a new commander for his own new army.
To sum up, leaders and followers can be different but similar in ways. They can be different because leaders are the ones who make it happen whereas followers follow what leaders do and let it happen; but also they can be similar because followers look upon their leaders and graduate to become a leader too.