Good example of a democratic style of the team leadership has been described by former successful French football player and today’s respected football coach Didier Deschamp:

“Every year I choose three leaders, four would be too much, and the two would lead to antagonism. The choice is targeted according to their characteristics. First is chosen because of his technical quality, the second one because of his physical and the third one for his role in the locker room. In fact, they have popped themselves out because of their qualities. It would be counterproductive to impose something within the team. However I would never disclose this to the rest of the team, but the fact is they are a channel of communication with the players. The team works when at least two of the three leaders are in good shape.“

Source: UEFA, The Technician