However, Leadership being a feat given out solely at the DM's discretion, I was trying to come up with a better way to handle it rather than simply having a player take the feat, and then attract a cohort and followers.
I decided to handle Leadership in more of a roleplaying way, rather than with pure game mechanics. Essentially, should a PC sufficiently demonstrate to me that he or she is a leader, I'll give them the option of attracting followers. I haven't quite decided upon the cohort as of yet, but basically when I'm thinking of doing is essentially giving Leadership as a free feat to those who are actually proven to be leaders. The choice as to whether or not they want the position is entirely up to them, but I still may have NPC's coming to them as some sort of hero figure.
Thoughts on this? How have you guys handled Leadership in your groups in the past? I'm trying to avoid every character having the Leadership feat and running around with a cohort (something that our previous group was plagued with). Because of that, I might have the PC's seen as leaders as a group, and form a sort of collective Leadership.
Edit: Sorry if this is a little unclear. It is St.Patrick's Day after all, and I'm slightly tipsy. ~.^