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5-07-2007 @ 1:01PM
Welcome aboard, Scott.I believe that the first thing that causes confusion is the word "leader". The reality of things is that a GL is actually a "manager". A leader is more of a figure head, someone who inspires those around them and unites them under a single banner, usually a goal or a cause. A manager, however, is less of a figure head and more of a juggler. In any MMORPG, a guild/raid leader usually:1) Organizes raids, including players, schedule, location (there are multiple raid instances), mob and boss strategy and loot.2) Manages the resources available to the raid. This not only includes the raid bank, but also should know who in the guild/raid has the proper profession/skill for a task.3) Recruiting and retention. The leader has to help bring people on board, as well as find incentives to maintain an adequate roster that meets the needs of the guild.4) Rewarding and reprimanding. The leader has to reward members who show positive traits as a player and guild member. A reward might not be a material one, i.e. item, but it can be a promotion or a public acknowledgement of services rendered to the guild. Also, the leader has to frown upon members who are disruptive or selfish or troublesome, be it by a discussion, a penalty or removal from guild activities or the guild itself.Hell, the list can go on and on. Because of those, many folks do not take the role to lead a guild. People have enough crap in RL with work that they come into the game to relax and leading a guild is not one of them. Hell, I will go as far as saying that leading a guild is a necesary evil.
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