Sometimes the best examples of leadership come from the minds of creatives and not from the real world. The reason is simple; characters in books, television, and other medium are often created to be the representation of everything humanity strives to be. Today, we will learn from one of the greatest examples of what humanity should be. We’ll take a look at Marvel Comics’ Captain America and learn his greatest trait.
Captain America is the epitome of the perfect 1940s American. He was patriotic, fearless, and honest. He was designed to be the representation of the World War II era American, the embodiment of everything the Nazis should fear in American soldiers. We were strong, we were on the side of good, and we were coming for the Third Riech. He was blatant propaganda, emboldening the average American to take a stand against this enemy. He stood for freedom.
As I’ve written elsewhere, I grew up with a comic book education. Captain America played a valuable part of that education. He taught me what a leader looked like. I learned that the limelight was less important than finishing the mission. I learned that a hero (read “leader”) defends others in all circumstances, even if it means risking great personal harm. Most importantly, I learned that the right thing comes first, and always.
Captain America, unlike many other comic book characters, has a built in moral compass and seems to follow it with impeccable ease. It’s a character trait that guides him, rather than a goal he struggles with. It’s a value that causes others to follow him, regardless of whether they think he’s a fit leader, because they feel more likely to do the right thing. It presents itself so strongly that it inspires greater sense of right in those around him.
It’s a trait that will serve leaders in every vocation. When you hold to doing the right thing, despite the consequences, others will follow you for the freedom from worry over the moral outcome of their own actions. They will be inspired to be better people. They will be more honest, harder working, and more compassionate. Most of all, they will trust you and be trustworthy.
That’s it for this week’s leader. Let us know what you think about this article in the comments below, and make sure you share your experiences with and stories about morals as well. And, if this article was worth a read for you, make sure to share it with your friends. They’ll probably get something out of it as well. Have an awesome Tuesday, and we’ll see you tomorrow!