Wikipedia is amazing, but it seems that ants have been at collaboration long before Jimmy Wales came up with the idea. But then again, observations recorded in Steven Johnson’s book Emergence, humans often unconsciously behave in similar ways. Wikipedia is proof. Ants achieve their goals, it seems, without active interference of a leader. So does Wikipedia. But as Johnson observes, there must be enabling rules.
Is there a lesson herein for the leader? Perhaps. Focus on establishing rules that enable and encourage collaboration, which in turn will result in significant results.