The Guild Leader Episode #42
Someone asked me in my email the other day, what experience do you need to be a good guild leader? To be honest this is something I really thought about too much. I don’t really think it comes down to experience, it’s more of a desire to help and lead in an organized way that benefits all of your members.
Guild Leader Tips
It is a lot easier for someone who has been a guild leader before to jump back in, but not necessary in the slightest.
As a new or and inexperienced guild leader you should stick to your rules and never be afraid to ask for help, like I was back when I first got starting leading guilds.
Remember to stick to your principles. Use your charter and your rules as tools to keep the guild organized. These will also keep people in line and let you develop players in to your future officers.
Allow your members to organize events, parties, and group activities. This make them feel important and that they are playing a part in the guild. Everyone should have a duty, these little things make a big deference in keeping people happy.
Always promote people that are deserving of a promotion. Not just your friends! Promoting favoritism can be seen as one of the major factor that can ruin a fun guild.
Don’t be judgmental. Judge with an open mind and with that same open mind punish when needed. Put yourself in there shoes and how would that make you feel? Punishment can be tricky, but you have people to ask in your guild. You can always form a counsel for tough decisions.
Don’t be afraid to make a mistake! I was like this for a long time and it made managing my guild more of a choir than playing a game. I made a lot of mistakes, but that is part of the learning process.
You must make yourself available. People have problems, there are things that need to be done, and people just like the feeling that the guild leader cares to be online and taking care of business for the guild. We all have lives, well most of us do, but to be a guild you need to be around a lot more than just playing. Then again this also leads me back to have a good support staff, so you can take a break when needed.
As you can see it’s a hard question to answer, but I hope I covered some of the major stuff for you this little outline. Being a guild leader isn’t rocket science, it’s more of time and people management. Once you get started and put a staff together, they have you back.
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.