After two sessions talking about heavy and weighty gaming material, I thought it might be good to lighten things up a bit. Every group has a different way of determining party leader. Some groups don't even recognize that they do in fact have a party leader - even if there is a player providing guidance and leadership to the group's direction every session. When it is done officially how do you do it?
Do you talk about it Out Of Character around the table, comparing characters and deciding who would be the best to take the lead? Do you let it fall out naturally? Is there a player who regularly just steps into the leadership role because it is where they naturally fit - or where their characters tend to naturally fall?
I'm currently in too many groups to give one way, but I think my favorite determination came from one of the Star Wars games I'm in. The decision was reached in character, and without the consent of the player/character who was determined to be the leader. The reason for the decision was because that character is in a very real way the glue that is holding the group together. Now, no one in the group actively dislikes each other, but it has formed various cliques. My bounty hunter spends most of his time with the bodyguard droid character and the mechanic because that is where his interests lie. The droid spends his time with my bounty hunter and the defacto party lead - as he is her bodyguard. The mechanic spends time with no one except maybe my bounty hunter and occasionally the party lead. Same for the doctor. Same for the Bothan. It is possible the group would work without our party lead, but just as likely the characters would split off with the mechanic, the bothan, and the doctor going their own way while the Bounty Hunter and Combat Droid partnered up. However, with that party lead the group sticks together and is forming into a wonderful team.
How about your groups? Have a favorite way party lead was selected? Even if it just came from seniority because you were the only character still alive who knew where the quest rewards would come from.