I nominate Kakashi Hatake. He already proved his leadership skills countless times. Without any doubt the best leader in Naruto.
Shikamaru Nara. Even though he had some hardships during his first official mission as team leader, he is a great leader. Kishimoto showed that in a negative way, but it still came out that he's a great leader.
Shikamaru is one of the greatest strategist/tactician, but I think he pales comparing to Kakashi, or Gaara when it comes to be inspiring, charisma and stuff like that.
So overall, I support Kakashi. He has both materials, at excellent level.
he is the one commanding all the troops. All the advices given by him are accepted by A and Tsunade, and the fate of the war depends on how you organize your troops (chapter 525).
I also nominate Nara Shikakau. Reasons stated by manelmachado.
Last edited by Sevenheadedmirror; January 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM.
Kakashi, easily. He can be given the weakest rejects in the village and he'll instantly come up with a viable strategy after only moments of watching the enemy.
Senjo Hashirama ...
Sasori of the red sand,leader of the puppetteers because of his cold behaviour