Captain America–Communicating

Leadership

We take lessons from the obvious occurrences, such as Captain America leading the Avengers to victory, but there are times when we have to take the negative aspects of a scene to extract the lesson.  In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there were a few moments where information was withheld from Captain America.  Nick Fury’s idea is that if not everyone knows the secrets, then not one person can spill them all.  This is a great concept and perhaps it could/does work, but what happens when a person such as Captain America would work more efficiently and effectively if he knew what was going on with all his teammates?

Steve Rogers: You just can’t stop yourself from lying, can you?
Nick Fury: I didn’t lie. Agent Romanoff had a different mission than yours.
Steve Rogers: Which you didn’t feel obliged to share.
Nick Fury: I’m not obliged to do anything.
Steve Rogers: Those hostages could have died, Nick.
Nick Fury: I sent the greatest soldier in history to make sure that didn’t happen.
Steve Rogers: Soldiers trust each other. That’s what make it an army. Not a bunch of guys running around shooting guns.

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It’s important to know what’s going on so perhaps the task of others isn’t jeopardized.  Members of the team may have different objectives, but teams work together and inform each other of what they may need help with.  Perhaps Capt could have lead his team to an even more effective mission if he knew about Romanoff’s mission. 

Communication is key!

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When we communicate with each other on the same level, teams build trust, they build a great atmosphere to work with each other.  Leaders enforce that by sharing information with their team members.  They let them know what’s out in front so that the team can accomplish the mission to it’s utmost quality.  

Steve Rogers: I can’t lead a mission when the people I’m leading have missions of their own.

It’s tough to lead people when people are working independently.  This is why communication is important to leaders.  They not only should know, but they’ve got to know.  They are overall responsible for their team’s well-being and progress.  Leaders not only share knowledge, but with communication they let their team members know how they’re doing by providing feedback, they give recognition and they motivate.  

The art of communication is the language of leadership – James Humes

We don’t have to carry a vibranium shield, wear a cape, or even have amazing combative skills to be a hero.  We can be a hero by communicating effectively with those around us.  Captain America, even when he appeared in Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron,  emphasizes communication being a key part of leading.  Lead like Captain America. 

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