This was a draft that was posted by mistake... in that it was incomplete thoughts... I did a quick touch-up on it... still not as finished as I would like, but use it as a starting point...
Imitation means you learn from the example of others as they model the way, but don't make yourself a "cheap copy" of someone else.
Borrow the best you can find, but process it deeply and allow your processing and life experiences to morph what you find.
Piece together in new creative combination, differnet best ideas/methods/models from others. There are very few leaders who are truly original. Most of our "originality" is really a creative rearranging of the best we find from others. That itself is an act of originally.