The Captain takes the stance of Strategic Thinking®, keeping the team on course, especially when a rough current could set them adrift. They readily absorb and analyze information to help the team make better decisions. People with this stance continually stretch the team’s thinking for the future.
Always interested in reasons and causes when problem-solving, they have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation. The Captain spends time thinking about past successes and failures to always improve. They understand the present by researching its history.
The Captain is inspired by the possibilities found in the future. They are always scanning the horizon. They energize others with their vision and are fascinated by new ideas. They often find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. At times they need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts, or even relationships. They can be inclusive or selective in their gathering.
The Captain is characterized by endless intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. Always thirsty for more knowledge, and with a strong drive to continuously improve, they have a great desire to learn. The process of learning, not necessarily the outcome, excites them.
Faced with any given scenario, the Captain can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues. They are adept at finding alternative ways to reach the desired destination. In their unique stance, the Captain also provides trust, compassion, stability, and hope to teams and projects required to stay on the right course. Their direction and focus allow team members to thrive in their respective roles. The Captain’s unique abilities put the entire team in the best position to handle storms due to their adeptness at navigating the depths others without this proven leadership stance would find intimidating. You can count on the Captain when charting unknown waters.
So far, we have explored the archetypes of the Archer, the Sensei, and the Captain. If none of these seem to fit perhaps it’s because you’re the Coach archetype. My next blog will explore the unique qualities of that archetype. Stay tuned!