Leadership is key for a solid Guild or Community. I have noticed over time that people play games to relax, but the issue is that to have a successful guild you need people who are willing to lead, organize, and set up events for the rest of the members. It will take time, effort, and desire to take the responsibility as a leader in a guild. You can imagine what it could be like for the guild leader? Many do not realize how much work is placed into a guild. A solid leader will try to find people they can surround themselves with that will take certain responsibility to run the guild with the leader. Leaders often become counselors/mentors, administration, event coordinators, teachers, and as a Christian you could become even more. Personally I have been a Bible Study Teacher, Ministry Developer, and even Biblical Counselor. It is great to have brothers and sisters in Christ who you could count on, talk with, pray with, and study together.
So what should a leader be?
Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. -Prov 11:14 (ESV)
Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his throne is upheld. –Prov 20:28 (ESV)
He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. -James 1:8 (ESV)
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function -Rom 12:4 (ESV)
Yes this is based off the Bible, but leadership is all over the world. We see it at school, work, and home. A good leader has a good support team underneath them whether they are members or they become officers. You need to make sure you have people you can trust will lead the guild community based on your leadership, give proper counsel, and are willing to step it up. Being a leader of a game is still about taking on the responsibility, being willing to dedicate time, and help out wherever it is needed. A community cannot run right if there is no one willing to step up and help the Guild Leader. The Guild Leader should be the one willing to do what is needed to run the guild, but how long can they do everything?
A solid Guild Leader also has vision and a direction for the guild. Whether it is PvP, PvE, Ministry, Family-Friendly, specific story, faction, race, group, like-mindedness, or whatever you see is the purpose of your guild there should be a direction. It can take time to reach a solid direction. My guild is a Christian based and Family-Friendly. We are mostly adults who are either married with kids or without kids. Others are young adults who are going to college. The GL should lead by example at the same time make sure his officers are doing their responsibility. The idea is to build a community.
How does a Guild Leader pick officers?
There are many ways that one could choose. The usual way is to pick someone who wants to do it. That sounds great, but I have seen what happens when the enthusiasm can quickly fade if that person does not understand what it means to be dedicated to the responsibility. I have given people responsibility who were excited for the opportunity, but then only do it for a week or two then disappear. Usually they find another game to play with, or they got bored of the game already. Many members do not realize how much work and time is dedicated to running the guild or setting up an event. I personally give people a test try by asking them to lead a few events. Usually if they are willing to do it without expectation of being promoted are the ones who will be the best at it. They have already shown the responsibility, the joy to lead, and want to invest in the guild. Officers should be people who can lead the guild if you are absent.
They are willing to stand by your guild’s mission, and they are willing to take lead on responsibility as needed. The guild will grow as the unit works together to lead events. Plus it is very important that we enjoy playing the game together. If leadership becomes a chore instead of an investment then you either do not have enough help or you do not have a viable mission for the guild. Plus it may not realistically going to happen with the guild or community. A solid guild should have a community or active players who are willing to work together, lead events, and have fun doing it. In a Christian community there should be time to impact, edify, and fellowship with each other. We as Christians should be willing to invest in each other as members.