Guild Leadership :: The Weight of the World (Part 1)

Sentry Totem’s very own contributor, AlternativeChat, wrote a blog post the other day. (She’s actually quite prolific and writes at least daily!) She put in a footnote at the bottom of the post:

“Being a GM has done a great deal to completely destroy the notion of ‘fun’ in a great many things I do in game.”

Show of hands, please: who can identify with that feeling?

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Guild Leadership :: Changes in Direction

I was reading Twitter the other day and I came across a tweet by @Matticus linking to his most recent blog post at World of Matticus, entitled Is it Time to Level Up the Guild? Essentially, Matt wants his raiding guild to be more progressed in the new expansion and his post has him throwing ideas out on how to go about accomplishing that.

Reading it, I realized the idea of changing a guild’s direction would make for an excellent column for this space. Inspiration was born and now you get to read my thinking on such things. (Don’t forget to read Matt’s post, too!)

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Guild Leadership :: Five Bases of Power

As a guild leader, you may think that you are entitled to some power and control over others, such as your guild members. To a point, you are correct, but only to a point. According to John R. P. French and Bertram Raven, there are five bases of power.

Being a guild master within the World of Warcraft does afford you some measure of power and control, but there are other bases that you should attempt to cover in order to help maintain your position. Bear in mind that I am not advocating abuse of power and control, merely helping you to solidify your position as a leader based on this particular social theory. In other words, with great power comes great responsibility. Use it wisely.

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Guild Leadership :: Hypocrisy is a Losing Strategy

There are a lot of qualities (or, perhaps more accurately, flaws) that make someone a bad leader. They can be dismissive, unresponsive, disrespectful… the list goes on. One of these is seen time and time again in WoW and that is when a leader will instruct you to do one thing while they promptly go ahead and do something else entirely. This is an example of hypocrisy.

It’s generally accepted that hypocrisy is a Bad Thing. Synonyms include deceit, deception, dishonesty, duplicity, insincerity, falsity and more. So let’s look at some concrete examples of hypocrisy in action.

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Guild Leadership :: Five Reasons You Should Act Nicely

Let’s be clear: being a guild master is a very social role. Often, you are the primary recruiter for the guild. If not, you’re probably a primary point of contact for various people. In all likelihood, you are the face of the guild. You have a responsibility to demonstrate that your guild is filled with awesome, respectful, great people.

… but sometimes, you just don’t feel like acting that way. Sometimes, you just want to tell people to take a long walk off a short pier and leave you alone. Sometimes, you just want to laugh at people who are so clearly in over their heads that it really is laughable.

Today, dear reader, I ask you to refrain and to redouble your efforts to act nicely.

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