I've wrestled with what to say on this topic because most of my players read this board. So, I'll preface my post with the statement that anything I say here I have said openly to my team, and they know it to be true.
With that said, I am confident in saying that our "captain" is, in fact, the student on the team with the absolute worst interpersonal skills. He is highly unmotivated. However, he simply is the best player. He's also the only one on the "A" team who WANTS to be captain (which says a lot). He doesn't care to go against his entire team on an answer if he knows they are wrong. The problem is he often "knows" they are wrong when, in fact, they were right. He doesn't care whose feelings he hurts and he can make tough choices on the fly. However, he comes across as incredibly arrogant and his teammates know this. Sometimes, though, that's what you need in a captain. He is a good captain, but he is a terrible "leader."
In a perfect world, this would be the student that I could count on to make sure that things are done. For example, writing questions for a tournament... However, he is one of the least responsible in that department. Also, his nonchalant attitude is popping up in my younger players. This student has the ability to be great at this game with little or no effort. The problem is, he's rubbing off on younger players who don't have near his natural ability. If this student ever buckled down and worked as hard as some of my B-team players, then he could easily be the best player in the nation, I'm sure of that...
Now, I have some really good natural "leaders" on my B-team. They work hard, come to extra practices, write questions, and dictate tasks to the younger players. The problem here is that these players, though great influences and great leaders, simply aren't as good at the game as my infinitley lazier (and more talented) "A" team...
AP English Teacher
Quiz Bowl Coach
West Point High School