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A person absolutely does not have to have a title to hold a leadership position. We see it every day when a senior officer takes charge of a scene. Everyone else on scene naturally looks to them and the mission gets accomplished. These senior officers don’t need to announce to everyone they are in charge, their expert power and personal charisma naturally take charge.
I believe the real key, is if a ranking officer can defer to the informal leader without being intimidated. If this can be accomplished, then you have effective leadership at both levels.