Guild & Raid

Guild Leaders Need Breaks Too

There are many times when even the most experiences guild leaders need to take a break.  Even those guild leaders who control everything about their guild need a break.

Being a guild leader takes a very special type of person, or so I was told by Lore (from the The Raid pre-screening at Blizzcon 2010.  A guild leader is the person who runs the show, organizes the guild, sets the vision and sets everyone in motion.  The guild leader sets up and helps dictate the gaming experience for every member they have.  Its a big responsibility but what happens when its time to step back some…

There comes the time when a guild leader is doing too much, or places too much burden on themselves.  While I don’t feel I fit there (though I know some would disagree), it is time to step back for a far different reason.

As of this morning, my wife went into labor.  So as a GM I cannot focus on the guild as my priorities lie elsewhere.

Over the past couple of months I have transitioned most of my duties to my other officers.  Essentially letting them do everything I typically do while I was still around.  This allowed me to let them know on the fly what things I would do in what situations, but also let me see them grow into a more involved role and let the rest of the guild know I support their decisions.

Main responsibilities I transitioned:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Raid Organizing & Scheduling
  3. General Guild Management
  4. Raid Leading

These responsibilities were spread among all my officers.  This brings me to the point, that its important for all GMs to have a backup or a plan on who will do what in the instance where the GM goes on vacation or are unable to perform their duties for any type of reason (e.g. illness, loss of internet, moving, etc).  Most corporations have the what to do if the CEO is gone type plan, and any guild should have the same.

As a GM I encourage you to not just have officers who are your best friends, but officers who are willing to shoulder guild leadership responsibilities.  I am lucky in that my officer corps I have not only known a long time but are proven leaders.  Many of them became officers because as members they went above and beyond and I knew then that they would continue that course of action as officers.

So in conclusion, GMs don’t let yourself get burnt out.  Allow yourself to take time away from the guild.  Setup a backup plan, make sure your officers are on board and understand what needs to be done when you do need to step away.  It takes a huge weight off a GM’s shoulders and ensures the guild keeps pressing forward.

4 Comments on Guild Leaders Need Breaks Too

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I had the same experience different circumstances, I wanted a month long break and because I chose the wrong people in officer positions ( personality-wise)when I did the transition one of my officers was pissed I did not chose him to be the GM in operation. So it also helps if you originally set up the officer positions with people who won’t chose to cause dissent while you are away. But I guess that is a whole separate issue, but you are so right on the GM’s needing breaks. Congratulations on your little one.

    • Ceraphus

      @Rayveniael, thanks regarding my youngest, and wanted to add that since my “paternity leave” my guild has gotten 2 new guild firsts, leveled to 18 and has kept up with recruitment. My officers and guildmates are truly one of a kind

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