Lead from the front

Richard Marcinko, the founder of Seal Team Six once wrote, “I am the wrathful lord of combat and I will lead you from the front, not the rear.”* Firefighters have the same situation going most of the time. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, the engine captain will often be standing right behind the nozzle man, taking the same heat, enduring the same hardships. I respect my captains when they do this. I also have captains that avoid being in the fire at every opportunity, these guys will often lose focus on what is happening inside the building. They often make miscalculations as to how long somebody has been in. They often fail to realize that what they are seeing outside the building is different from what is happening inside, and thus force their people to do unnecessary work or spend unnecessary time. A true leader knows what his men are doing.

In the gaming world if you are your team’s leader (Guild Master, Guild Officer, or Raid Leader) you should know what your people are going through. It helps to know what its like to tank a raid or heal a raid. More than that it helps if you are involved with your group, not just leading it. I always like hearing my raid leaders tell me that they are going to do the de-cursing in a fight. This shows me that they are not afraid to take the hard job. I also respect raid leaders for their ability to stay focused in a fight and call out orders all while doing their own niche job (tanking, healing or dps) As GM or Officer you should be involved, as much as your membership will let you, in what they are doing. (PvP, Raiding, Dungeons) This lets them know that you want to be in the team and not just leading it. If you have a team member that is struggling at getting geared, help him get the runs in. If you have a guild member that is not confident in their ability to raid, form a raid for a lower tier of content and let them join in the fun. Be involved in your guild members in-game lives as much as you can.

I know you are going to either say your guild is too big or you don’t want to commit to that much time in-game. Then you need to look at yourself and the other officers and ask “Should We really be leading this?”” Do we need a few more leaders?” Be careful with these questions though. Too many chiefs and not enough firefighters is a bad situation too. I think my guild does a good job of this particular thing. There is always an officer on that is free enough in the game to get involved. There is always an officer free enough to answer questions or at least direct them to somebody or someplace were they can get the answer. There is at least one officer in every raid, besides the raid leader. Our raid leaders like to take the hard jobs. (both are tanks that will often kite the slimes) Our guild master tries really hard to take the time to get to know the membership, despite his really busy life as a provider for his family and as a  podcaster.

The point of all this is if you are a leader, be a good one. My grandpa always said “anything worth doing is worth doing right” and I believe leading people is worth doing.

Until next time,

Don’t stand in the fire.

*Leadership secrets of the rogue warrior if you are looking for an interesting book to read on leadership but be warned he uses colorful language

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~ by firemantony on April 26, 2010.

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