When it comes to leading the X-Men, Cyclops is usually considered the default leader due to his years of experience. He was the leader from the beginning when Professor X gathered a bunch of children to fight mutant terrorists. Cyclops hasn't always been known to make the best decisions. He has also taken time away from the leadership role in the past.
There's no question that being a mutant today is riskier than ever. They always had to deal with the hatred and fear from the public but the threats against them have risen to deadly levels. It's not so much a matter of leading the team of mutants but trying to ensure they have a chance of survival.
Cyclops has managed to keep the team and Utopia relatively safe but would it do him some good to take a break? Is it time for the mutants to turn the reins of leadership over to someone else? Is it time for Storm to take over leadership of the X-Men once again?== TEASER ==
This isn't meant to be a "who is better?" argument. Sometimes a change is needed. It was the Avengers that had a rotating system of chairperson to lead the team. Cyclops has been leading for years. He has kept the mutants safe for the most part but they have suffered losses under his leadership. Cyclops can be so extremely focused on leading that he often fails to see the other things and threats around him.
Storm evolved into being a natural leader. From the beginning, even the nearly feral and aggressive Wolverine showed her respect. Of course we can't forget when she last took the leadership role away from Scott in battle. Storm had lost her mutant ability and challenged Scott to a battle in the Danger Room. She managed to defeat him and Scott quit the team.
Storm eventually got her powers back but she had to lead the team through some dark periods. They survived the Mutant Massacre and even the attack from the Reavers. She knows how to talk to others and give orders without receiving any resentment. She simply commands respect.
It was no surprise that because of this, Scott asked her to stay on Utopia and be on his team of X-Men. She may not agree with his tactics (such as endorsing X-Force, a team of killers) but she wants what is best for the team. Having Storm stand by his side sends a message to the others. Cyclops lost some face when Wolverine challenged him and took half the mutants off the island. Now with Storm by his side, it appears she fully supports all his decisions.
But Storm is better than just playing second fiddle. She doesn't come across as condescending. She's been perceived as a goddess and is even considered royalty now. Perhaps she has too many other obligations. She is married to Black Panther (although, how often do they actually see each other?) It also appears that she will be joining the Avengers. The Avengers are based in New York and Cyclops' X-Men are off the coast of San Francisco. There's always a Blackbird or Quinjet she could use but being on two teams might not be the best idea for a leader.
The odd thing is Scott's current belief is that all mutants should be trained as soldiers, even the children. Back in the same issue she took the leadership away from Scott, she also made it clear that the children shouldn't be placed in danger. Has she changed her views or is simply willing to stand by Scott's side as a favor to him?
Again, it should be said that Cyclops has done a great job. Being in the leadership role for so long with nothing else to free his mind isn't healthy. He and Emma should go off on a vacation for a while. Look at all the battles and deaths they've been through over the past few years.
Last time Cyclops relinquished leadership to Storm, he went off with his wife, Madelyne Pryor, and baby Cable. Of course as soon as Jean Grey returned from the dead, he went to her side and started up X-Factor.
Sometimes a change is good. Storm following orders from Cyclops seems like a waste of her potential. It's been far too long since we've seen Storm at full action with the X-Men. Cyclops has done a good job leading the X-Men and it'll be interesting to see what Wolverine does with his X-Men, but it's time to see Storm back making the decisions.
And besides, Storm would totally kick his butt again, right?