Leadership is effective when men are actively being led. When there is no active leader, a void space is created that is often filled with the influence of ineffective leaders. Those who lead by example, embrace personal accountability, support their teammates, and encourage positive attitude show great leadership potential.
When effective leadership is not present, or when several potential leaders are grouped together the negative effects associated with ineffective leaders often blends and or negates the positive effects of effective leadership. There will be dissension among the rank and file. There will be confusion, there will be combativeness and resistance.
Ineffective leaders thrive in that chaos, they create opportunities for themselves instead of embracing the opportunity to make others better. They isolate and attack the weaker members of the group instead of bringing them into the fold. They try to buddy themselves with senior officers to boost their own feeling of self importance.
In situations where several leaders of varying capacity are brought together, it is imperative that the strong leaders assume a role at or near the top of the group hierarchy. Ineffective leaders should be recognized, exposed, and then isolated. At any time, strength, honor, and integrity should rule the day. Any time bickering, dissension, and or slackness in effort is allowed, it is an indicator that the effective leaders have failed the collective, and the ineffective leaders have filled that void space with unproductive energy. The energy that gets people killed has no place on the fire ground.