The spring season is here and that means captains are being chosen. It’s a stressful time for some. I have recently become intrigued with the role of a team captain after listening to an episode of Paul Rabil’s podcast, “Suiting Up”. Paul was having a conversation with Sam Walker. Walker wrote a book called The Captain Class which is about his pursuit to name the best teams in the world throughout history. His decades of research led him to a discovery that the top 16 teams in history were all connected in that they were led by one captain.
This characteristic was more meaningful than talent, coaching or money when it came to long term winning and the success of a team. I would highly suggest the podcast and this episode in particular.