You know what struck me? I thought Snowball was becoming the leader of the crew. I thought he was the most intelligent, he had the allegience of the rest of the animals, and he had the speaking ability that it seemed Napoleon did not have. I saw him risk himself and truly give himself to their cause for the sake of the cause, not so much for himself.
So initial reactions were surprise and wonder for me. He seemed to fit the description of the best leader possible in terms of skill, but as we watch societies around the world, we know that's not always how or why a leader is established. That's part of the power of this allegory, to show us the problems of how leaders are developed or chosen.