Leadership is one of those elements in survival that rarely gets recognized for its importance. Having a leader is also an inescapable reality when acting as a group. There will always be an “Alpha” male or female in any group, and they will naturally lead (or at least influence) the path of the group. Maybe they’re not qualified to hold such a critical position, but chances are good that they are just playing the role they were born to play. In an emergency, good leadership is more important than ever, and the people in charge must strive to perform at their highest level. History is full of examples of great leaders, and plenty of horrible ones. Understand that there is much more to being a leader than just making a few plans, barking out orders, or trying to keep everyone pacified. If the mantle of leadership falls on your shoulders during a bad situation, emulate the strongest leaders you know. Try to get somebody to volunteer a bottle of aspirin, too. You’re gonna need it.