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Leadership does not need a title or rank to take shape. A title is something that is placed upon you, either through years of service or a testing process. This does not necessarily mean you are and effective leader. Many teams have informal leaders which can be a good or bad thing. An informal leader could be someone that other team members look up to or get along well with but they do not have an official rank. This informal leader could be a crucial asset or a cancer to your team. It all comes down to the type of influence this leader has. With positive influence, the informal leader could help keep other teammates motivated and focused on the overall goals of the department. With a negative influence, the teammate could lower morale or create “cliques”, which could destroy teams and make it difficult to reach department goals.