10 Leadership Quotes From Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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One of my favorite comic book characters, next to Wolverine, has to be Captain America. His story is amazing.

Steve Rogers started off as a scrawny boy who couldn’t cut it in the army, even though he wanted to serve his country. He was recruited for the super-soldier program and became a flying success.

Isn’t this much like our leadership journeys? We’re told we’re not cut out for it, we look for another way, and we become leaders others look up to? Leadership lessons from Captain America: The Winter SoldierLast Friday, Marvel released the newest entry into the Captain America film series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

My wife and I decided to make this movie a mini-date night as we both enjoy comic book movies. We were both impressed by the storyline of the movie and the action. It was a great flick and one I’d recommend.

However, whenever I watch a movie, I tend to look for leadership lessons that pop up during the film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had plenty of those.

Let’s take a look at 10 leadership quotes from the new Captain America movie.

**Warning, there may be movie spoilers in the quotes. If you don’t want the movie spoiled, wait to read this post until after you’ve seen the movie**

1. Steve Rogers: “This isn’t freedom. This is fear.” (Share this quote)

2. Sam Wilson: “Don’t look at me. I do what he does – just slower.” – I thought this was a great line because it shows us there’s value in following others.

3. Nick Fury: “We’re gonna neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen.” Captain America: “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime.”

4. Steve Rogers: “Before we get started, does anyone wanna get out?” – Be willing to give your people an out. If they’re not in, you don’t want them in. (Share the message)

5. Nick Fury: “Looks like you’re giving the orders now, Captain.” – Know when to pass the leadership baton.

6. Captain America: “I’m with you ’til the end of the line.” (Click to tweet)

7. Captain America: “The price of freedom is high. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay.”

8. Nick Fury: “You need to keep BOTH eyes open.”

9. Captain America: “I joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect people.” – Sometimes we learn the hard way that the company or organization we joined can lose it’s focus.

10. Alexander Pierce: “Are you ready… All it takes is one step.” – You can even learn from the villains! (Share the villain’s quote)

I’m so glad that movies and entertain can be used to bring out leadership lessons. There’s something fun and exciting when you can intertwine leadership and entertainment.

Question: What’s your favorite leadership quote/lesson from Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Please share it in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I love learning things from movies/books that are meant to be entertaining. There are lessons to be learned all around us.

    #1 spoke to me. I’m passionate about freedoms and how some are using fear to erode our liberties.

    • TC, there sure are lessons all around us. I find so much beauty in that fact alone.

      I can see that after reading your new book. That quote goes right along with it.

      • 🙂
        Thanks for being part of the launch team. Greatly appreciate it.

  • Joseph ~ I love these quotes and you can’t spoil a movie for me! LOL, Now I am really excited to see it!

    • Haha, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed Amber-Lee. Have you seen the other Captain America movie?

      • O! Absolutely! LOL, we are huge movie-addicts out here in the bush. I, particularly love super-hero movies (well, I love super-action!! including aliens from other planets and the like!)
        But seriously, I very much love the lessons they share. And the fact that good wins. Evil and bad is never really vanquished, but good really can and does overcome. Teamwork, overcomes. Compassion, strength, character, values, forgiveness and understanding ~ over come long odds. Why does it seem that we as people require this message over and over? (not that I want them to quit making my movies!) It seems as simple as when you hear strange scraping noises in the basement and the power goes out, and you are all alone: You probably should NOT go investigate! LOL (I always wonder, “don’t these people ever watch movies??”)

  • Thanks for the post, Joseph. At first I was on the fence about seeing the movie but I’m going to see it. I could feel the intensity on some of these quotes!

    “This isn’t freedom. This is fear.” – Steve Rogers

    That’s the one that stuck with me the most.

    • I’m glad you’re off the fence about seeing this movie. It’s powerful and scary as there are parallels with what’s been happening in the world today.

      After you’ve watched the movie, come back here and let me know what you thought.

  • We’re going to see Captain America this evening. Just read all the quotes to my 3 kids. We’ll keep our ears open for these quotes.

    • Awesome! Let me know what you guys thought of the movie. Pam and I just finished watching the newest episode of SHIELD which ties into the events in Captain America. Crazy things going on!

  • Great quotes!!! I’m going to see the movie next week and look forward to watching it with a leadership lens.

    • Awesome Dan. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Also, if you watch any of the SHIELD TV series, don’t watch any more of it until you see the movie.

      • I’ve not watched that TV series but once I watch the movie I might start.

        • If you do watch the series, know that it starts off pretty bad but really improves in the later episodes. The cool thing is seeing the tie in to some of the other movies. I believe Avengers, Thor, and Captain America movies all have an impact on the show.

  • This looks like a great movie to see with my son. Thanks for the quotes.

    • It’ll be a fun movie to see with your son. It’s not as lighthearted as the first one but it’s fun none-the-less.

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  • DanKnight

    “I joined SHIELD to protect people”. Great reminder that we must also keep in mind WHY we are engaged in whatever activity or group we are. It’s too easy to get distracted from the original purpose by the immediate activity.

    For me it’s reassessing my involvement with a political party that began to engage and represent the grass-roots, but is now led by those obsessed with gaining power. I have to determine whether this is a fight I need to be engaged in.

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