Once you have passed your test, Leading and sweeping is the next stage in your progression as an Advanced Rider. It adds that little extra dimension for you to think about which engages the brain a bit more. Don’t worry if after training you get things wrong on your first time in the role as the group are there to help you. As we say, everyday is a training day. So if you have not done either then have a go.
I’d like to add to Dave Slocombe’s post by saying do not worry about either getting lost on your own ride out, or losing some of your riders – we have all doe it at some point. Leading does take additional thinking power and preparation, but is extremely satisfying when you pull it off. Sweeping has its own challenges as you are constantly looking behind to see what impact you are causing. Again, a well prepared plan works wonders.