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12-22-2009 @ 10:43AM
As a current co-lead for my raiding guild, I am in a similar situation. I'm currently expecting my first child in March and we're dancing around our options in order to facilitate a clean transition to another co-lead. We've used the co-leadership method since founding in January 2009 and it's worked really well for us. This will actually be the second leadership transition we'll be facing. The first occurred back in September when our co-lead (and my RL husband) had to step down for RL reasons. In response, I was promoted from officer (guild bank handling mostly and a 3rd view on policies) to co-lead. This was relatively smooth, however, since I had been in the guild since founding and my leadership philosophy was the same. Slight changes have been made, and my voice is different on Vent, but overall it was a minor shift. However, my co-lead is not interested in leading the guild alone. We're considering approaching one of our officers (current guild bank manager and lead tank) about taking over some of the co-lead roles. However, his other half is expecting as well and I'm sure he'll be out of the game for at least a month (if not longer) in May. Seems silly to promote a new leader who can't stay much longer than I am. Silly expiration dates!Both my co-lead and I believe this guild is bigger than we are individually. We don't want the guild to be done just because our RL won't facilitate it any more. It's a dicey business.
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