In some ways, Ralph is a leader from the very beginning. Piggy is his first follower. Ralph is ready to be leader from the very beginning. Because he blew the conch, and because he has a “stillness” about him that the others respect, he is chosen as leader.
Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself. None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack. (Ch. 1)
to keep order. He maintains assemblies and encourages civilized behavior. He runs into conflict with Jack because of this, since Jack is always trying to take control for himself. The fact that Ralph is able to get the boys together to accomplish important tasks like keeping the fire going and building huts shows that he is a good leader, but the boys don’t necessarily accomplish much.