Going forward, I intend to push back very hard anytime I hear someone refer to a politician as a leader. We don't elect leaders. I lead myself. It's my life, and I'll direct it as I choose. You're an adult - you lead yourself.
We choose a representative to represent us in government, but we certainly will never choose our leader. Even the president is not to be a leader, but is simply there to execute law issued by the will of the people.
We the people are the leader, and even that "government" is to be as small as possible. There are no political heroes except us. We don't need a Reagan. We need us and where necessary, representatives to represent us.