This is another “well duh” point that few people seem to remember when the SHTF.
Someone has to be in charge.
This is a “no-brainer” for the military or LE people out there because there typically is a rank structure already implimented in their organizations. But for the group of “average joes” who may find themselves dealing with trouble, deciding who is going to call the shots can be one of the largest hurdles to jump.
It’s my opinion that half of being the leader is skill and knowledge based and the other half is simply just giving others someone to follow. In all of the group based lessons I have presented, everybody needs to be moving with a common purpose and reacting in an organized fashion. The only way that is going to happen is through training and leadership. If each individual thinks that THEY are the head honcho things are going to fall apart very fast. Even if EVERYBODY in a group has no experience, placing someone in charge will increase the odds of survival compared to each individual doing their own thing.
I’m fairly certain that in a flock of wild geese ALL the geese know where they are going but if they all want to get there together in an orderly fashion it’s more efficient to just follow the lead goose. Deciding who the lead goose is can either be a matter of someone taking the position themselves by “stepping up”, or it can be a matter of “role”, where someone in the group is the assumed “boss”; like a teacher, father figure, tour guide, pilot, or the cop/soldier in the group. In a pinch, everybody could simply agree to assign someone to the position. However it is done, once a situation involves more than “YOU” it should become a conscious decision that is quickly made.