I prefer to lead as a mentor, to inspire and bring out the best in people. I don't really believe in democracy or coming to a consensus, but what I will do is first gather everyone's input and then make a decision that benefits the whole group without taking it to a vote. That's really only if a central decision needs to be made too. I'd rather stand back and give people confidence and only step in to help someone compensate for a natural deficiency.
I don't mind following someone else's leadership if they know what they are doing. Few people do though and it can be frustrating.