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1-07-2008 @ 2:15PM
I absolutely agree. As soon as someone says "What do I need to do in order to become an officer?" that immediately disqualifies them. :)Basically, you need to *act* like an officer. This doesn't mean bossing people around. It means trying to make the guild run smoothly, and giving people the opportunity to excel. It means telling people what they can do better, and doing so without pissing them off. It means donating your crafting skills and time and money to helping out your fellow guild members. Most importantly, it means being an integral part of your guild's forums and chat. Officers are those folks who you *expect* to see answer when someone asks a question. Moreover, those answers are most often correct, and presented in a non-confrontational manner such that they invite the person in question to take them seriously and follow them. I've seen far too many people who wanted to lead, who just had no idea how to do so. Most of the time I find that people who are good officers tend to have jobs in management postions in real life.
1-08-2008 @ 3:56AM
I've got to say no to the comment about managers IRL being skilled officers in WoW. Can you imagine a Bill Lumbergh type: "OK, so if you could just go ahead and PUG Kara this weekend... that'd be grrrreat." I'd say it takes a mix of a superb organiser (who will more often than not be a bit of a shrinking violet in chat), a diplomat, a natural leader and a strategist, all of whom should have outstanding knowledge of the game.
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