It’s easier to get a job done if you have more than one person contributing to the project. We all need help from time to time. With that said, we know that teams are important. A football team requires every person to know their job and their assigned responsibility. The quarterback trusts that the linemen are going to protect him so he can focus on getting the ball to the right person. If a lineman fails, the quarterback can be blindsided and get tackled. This is crucial because the quarterback must trust his teammates. He has no choice because he can’t block, run and pass the ball at the same time. That’s why each position is crucial to the success of the team. If it’s 4th quarter with 5 minutes left and one team is losing by 40 points, the chances are, that team is going to lose. They don’t stop the game and give up, but they tough it out because it’s how the game works. You play till the last second is over, but a football team wins together or they lose together. It is a team effort.
Most teams have a leader, a team captain, or an individual calling the shots. In Avengers and Avengers Age of Ultron, Captain American by way of his leadership skills is gradually designated as the guy who calls the shots. He is the team leader. It’s not because he’s super strong, fast and meant to be the first super soldier, but it’s because of his tenacious choice to do what’s right, even if it means failing.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Tony Stark: We’re the Avengers, we can bust weapons dealers the whole doo-da-day, but how do we cope with something like this?
Steve Rogers: Together
Tony Stark: We’ll lose
Steve Rogers: We do that together too.
Leaders keep teams together even if they know the outcome is not favorable. They stick through the tough choices. They stick through the struggles, even when others on the team have doubt. Leaders find ways to keep the attitude of their team reaching toward the goal. Whether it’s winning or just getting something accomplished. In this debate, Steve and Tony are were talking about how to beat Ultron, as Tony is thinking it’s impossible, Steve Rogers says, we’ll then we’ll lose together, but we’re going to try.
If you find your teammates starting to drag, starting to become discouraged, remind them that you are a team. A strong team can accomplish anything. Focus on the team’s mission not the thought of losing. Captain America never gave up on the team and the team won. Be the leader, be the one who holds the team together. Lead like Steve Rogers!