Picard will talk his way out of any captive situation, Kirk screams in agony
"Picard is a leader, negotiator, peace-maker, ombudsman. He thinks, he talks, he assesses, he bluff (for all which qualities I love him, as I am the one who has said again and again that this Captain is a diplomat an ambassador) but essentially, in each of these five stories, he is a reactor, hardly ever, what I think we used to call in days long gone, a protagonist.”"
Picard is easily the best debater out of the two captains and Patrick Stewart even said so himself in a letter he wrote to Gene Roddenberry. He wanted the creator of Star Trek on his side and to see Picard as he did.
So he wrote him a very long letter expressing his feelings about the character and this quote is part of that letter. And it perfectly explains why Picard is a better captain than Kirk is. He looks at every situation, assesses it and then goes on and does exactly what he needs to do to succeed.
Kirk pretty much acts and then tries to backtrack and make the situation work in his favor. It is just how he operates. And it makes Picard a better captain overall because he just looks at the situation and figures out the best course of action.