The Kiwi is due to pick his squad in just under three weeks' time for the tour of New Zealand, with the subject of who should captain the side a particularly hot topic of discussion.
Wilkinson believes that a whole team of leaders will be required if the Lions are to achieve success in the summer, though, with one skipper for the entire tour simply not enough.
"Ultimately, every player on that tour needs to be functioning somewhere near the level of captain in order to come back with victories," he told Sky Sports News. "In an ideal world, you want your captain on the field where the action is for as much as possible but at the same time, as I have gotten older, I am a firm believer that no position should ever be pencilled in.
"It is not until the week before the first game that you should know your team. If you have made up your team now then you are judging it on the basis of a different environment to the one you are going to play in. You need to get out there to understand that and that is why this is so, so difficult.
"I think maybe having three or four guys in there that you know can take the role of captain. You then have a tour captain maybe. You know then that of those three or four guys, however many of them end up in the team, they are capable of doing that job. You cannot go out there with this idea that you have one captain.
"You can have one captain who is named captain but you will need another leadership group of five or six who have the same inspirational effect and are treated as captains also."