One major benefit of the free market system is that it creates and stimulates change. It often generates fertile ground for anyone with a vision, but the market also provides an overwhelming amount of competition.
Being a good leader is more than simply being at the forefront of the crowd. A leader must act. Too often in America, we simply accept that someone looks or sounds like a leader and too rarely do we actually look at the actions that leader performs -- and that is the true test of leadership.