One of the questions that I have personally been asking myself is “what is the proper way to lead a robotics team?” Particularly, what does the leadership look like at the top?
I am very much in the camp of having just a single captain, followed by a vice captain. The captain’s job is to manage the vision and momentum of the team and to support their subteam leadership. The vice captain serves to learn as much as they can, weigh in on all decisions, and serve as the captain should the captain be absent. At the end of the day though, it is the captain’s responsibility to make decisions. I personally do not like the concept of co-captains, because I believe that all information should funnel to a singular point. That way, less information gets dropped in the cracks. With co-captains, my thinking is that if they ever disagree or have a different viewpoint on something, there will be tension or in-fighting which there simply isn’t time for in an FRC season. On top of that, I think that in a pair of any two people, one of them will end up commanding more respect than the other, which only adds to there being a power imbalance. At the point where you have a power imbalance, why not just have a captain and a vice captain?
What are your thoughts? What has your team done in the past, how has it worked, and do you agree with the system? How would you change it?