Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick and different definitions of leadership

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at the way Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick address the media, and whether or not it matters.

Yesterday afternoon, I came across an article by Tim Kawakami in which he discussed Colin Kaepernick's fairly short press conference following the 49ers loss to the Seahawks. You can view a chunk of the press conference at CSN Bay Area.

Kawakami's article discussed the way Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick have no interest in explaining what has happened in a given performance, be it good or bad. Here is a bit of a gist of what Kawakami had to say on the subject. The article is fairly short, but it's worth checking out to add any additional context to this excerpt

I think reflective thinking is important-to some extent-for a starting QB and a head coach, and the 49ers don't have much of either right now. Doesn't mean they can't win the Super Bowl; talent wins games, not good press conferences.

And not every great leader speaks wonderfully in public. But the best ones at the very least give signs that they care about the message they're sending-that lead from the huddle, the sideline, the locker room AND the podium.

Since Jim Harbaugh took over the 49ers, his press conferences have generally been fairly low key as he tries anything and everything to avoid providing much in the way of answers for the media.

Do you buy into the idea that there is some kind of positive for the team in being more forthcoming? Obviously it would make the media's life easier, but for the purposes of winning football games, does it matter?

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