The Guild Leader Episode #36
How to develop a character and lead a guild?
I got this question from a reader a couple weeks ago and I understand where you coming from and why you’re asking. Sometimes it is very hard to find time to do what you want to do as a guild leader and to be able to get the character you want out of it.
It isn’t ideal to have your guild leader duties to keep you away from playing your game when you’re online. I know a few guild leaders that always play a second character to try to duck out of the guild leader duties from time to time.
You don’t have to duck out of your duties, you just need to learn to delegate authority to your officers when you want to be having fun rather than dealing with guild stuff, but I wouldn’t say dealing with guild issues isn’t fun, a lot of the time it is.
Are guild duties keeping you from playing the game?
It sounds like you could use a hand. Are you short staffed? You might want to consider promoting some new officers that can lend a hand when needed.
This is a great way to boast overall morale of the guild by promoting some well-deserved people into a leadership role and at the same time you are taking some of the heat off yourself.
Still have problem with duties?
If you have promoted new officers and you are still having problems. I’m starting to wonder if you picked the right people to promote or are they not really sure what to do yet.
Most officers should be able to handle anything spur of the moment as well as you could of, so I think you might just have to show them what you normally do, until they get the hang of it.
This might still be an issue when you’re not delegating enough authority to your officers. Don’t be afraid to let some things go. If you have confidence in a person that you gave officer status to then you should be comfortable to let them lead and make decisions when needed.
Everyone deserves a fair chance and sometimes letting a person do something for you makes them feel needed and that you respect their judgment. And as always don’t be afraid to throw a compliment when someone does a good job.
So there is you long winded answer. If you’re having trouble playing the game ask for help, that’s what the guild is for to begin with. As a guild leader don’t be scared or embarrassed to ask for help, believe me it might be the smart thing to do rather than having a guild in disarray.
Guild Leader is a weekly series by Beer and Joysticks .com and written by Chris Gillis covering all aspects of being a better guild leader. If you have any questions or comments we welcome them below this article.
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