I think in time this feeling will become more reflexive and start to have similarities with following in that you will automatically adjust to changes on the floor. Floor craft then becomes more of an art. Absolutely it can be fun developing floor craft, creating that arsenal of chess moves. In time the responses to most situations are instantaneous. Now in the case of social dancing with a partner you have not danced with much or is in their first few years of dancing, the tool set is going to be smaller, but there is still an art to using a smaller number of steps to great effect even then. Now this thread is really about what a good leader should be doing, and I recall Bobbie Irvine once seeing a man telling is partner how to follow him better. It was a somewhat heated discussion, and Bobbie told him: "When you can show her with your body, you'll be a true leader." And a good leader has a good feeling for what is possible both on the floor and with their partner. Moreover, they have a way with their body and actions where it is an enjoyable experience for both!