Ultimately, every person on the team is going to need to have some semblance of leadership skill for it to be an effective team. Think, for a moment, if the squadron leader were shot down. Yes he could still give advice from spectating, but his awareness has been cut down significantly. The responsibility should then fall to someone else. Now I'll just let you know my opinion on something. I think to be a truly effective competitive team, we need to treat this like it's an actual battle with actual consequences. The job for the leads should be making sure all eight of us are alive at the end. Leaders need to know the planes we'll be flying as well as the ones we'll be flying against. From turning time to shear limits to optimum climb angle to accuracy of guns. There needs to be a set of tactics for different engagements.