Human beings with few exceptions like to be in company, in groups, in society. It was for this reason that Aristotle defined them as zoon politikon, beings that form communities.
Without entering into the diatribe of whether to consider the human being a rational animal or a non-animal being, we can say that human beings both for reasons of survival and for feelings of group or family have always tried to live together. We can define society as a collection of people who want to progress towards a common goal.
In human society as in animal society, the psychic or psycho-spiritual state of its different components is never homogeneous. Someone is more evolved, more mentally developed or spiritually elevate while someone else is less so or not at all. Although all have equal rights the guidance of a society that aspires to progress belongs to that leadership demonstrating to be dynamic and ethical. The psycho-spiritual vigor of the individual leader is of the utmost importance for the progress of the whole society.
As early as 15,000 years ago in the ancient Vedic tradition originating in Iran (Arianvarsa) it was the sages (Rshi) who led the groups or clans, inspiring people to advance together. Obviously with the passage of time there was a great evolution even within the leadership of the sages, then called Guru, literally those who bring from darkness to light. In spiritual science the qualities that such Preceptors must possess are clearly defined.
The need to have a preceptor is natural and there is nothing negative about it if a cult of personality develops for those who wish it. The important thing is that the Gurus are of the highest caliber. The mind becomes what it thinks and if it thinks of elevated, enlightened people, saints, this is very useful not only to society as a whole but especially to the younger generations looking for heroes to inspire them.
Who to choose?
Nero, Alexander the Great, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao?
Shrii Krsna, Buddha, Jesus, Rumi, Milarepa, St. Francis, Hildegard of Bingen, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
For social and individual progress the need for one or more elevated figures is fundamental, this is a historical fact.