I 've yet to see a lead dog yet that could pull the sled on his own. It's not a competition -- a leader's a member of a team just like the other dogs. The team can't succeed without its leader, and the leader needs the team.
Being at the front of the pack is not by itself an indicator of success -- that pack could be chasing you to rip you apart. But having the pack behind you because they WANT to be there -- that's successful leadership.
Well, maybe I did go a bit deep on that one. Sorry.
All I can say is go ahead...be the lead dog. Now be a good dog, "gee" and "haw" when I tell you, and I'll throw you a nice piece of smoked salmon when I tie you up with the other dogs at the end of the day.
The thing about being lead dog is you're still a beast of burden.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...