The Captain Class
Updated: Apr 23
They all had a unique captain that, in most cases, defied social norms.
Walker's research revealed 7 traits, pulled directly from the text, that elite leaders share, helping them influence their teams to perform at unmatched levels of brilliance in their respective sports:
Extreme doggedness and focus in competition.
Aggressive play that tests the limits of the rules.
A willingness to do thankless jobs in the shadows.
A low-key, practical, and democratic communication style.
Motivates others with passionate nonverbal displays
Strong convictions and the courage to stand apart.
Ironclad emotional control.
These traits helped them drive "...the dynamics behind a surpassing collective effort."
The book is a guidebook, a valuable tool that paints a vivid picture of what the leadership of elite captains look like, and how they likely do it differently than you, or the vast majority of the population, thinks they ought to.
Use it to become a better captain/leader, as well as to build/develop leaders, or in your selection of the person who will be the voice of the group.
Or, just read it for the pleasure of reading good writing because it is certainly that.
"...without passion, even the best teams won't win...the passion of one player could elevate the performance of an entire unit."
Conventional wisdom might steer you in the wrong direction as far as leadership goes, and many modern sports teams have shied away from choosing captains in recent years. Walker's work dispels numerous leadership myths and presents a valid argument in favor of choosing a captain...provided you choose the right one.
Choosing the right person to lead the group might make the difference between being run of the mill or being truly exceptional.