5 Tips for Effective Leadership in Achaea

There is always a need for new leaders to step up and take the reins of an organization. There are also times when old leaders are called upon once again to take over. Ascending into leadership is difficult at times, but how can one stay and be an effective leader? 

Be Active

This really should go without saying, but some folks still need to hear it anyway.  You simply cannot be an effective leader if you are not around to lead. Be active within the rpg game, otherwise it could have a negative effect on your organization’s morale if they never see you.  As the administrator of an rpg game organization, very little can be done without a present leader, which is why the very first rule of being effective is simply showing up. 

Be Approachable

You're not the only one with awesome ideas, if you want your role playing game organization to shine then it's crucial to not only be available to your members, but also take the time to listen when they offer input and respond to their inquiries as quickly as possible.  Yes, I know  you are very  busy at times, but you became a leader because of your ability to juggle everything and make it look easy, right?  Not everything is going to be a stellar idea, but with some practice in tactful feedback you'll soon be fielding more great suggestions than bad.  

Be Involved

If you've got time to sit around twiddling your thumbs, or even remotely familiar with the concept of boredom, you may need to increase your involvement as an rpg game leader.  Some time to yourself is necessary to relax and rejuvenate, but if the bulk of your time in the game is spent off plane, beyond the reach of the people who rely on you, your organization's members may lose faith in your abilities.  Get involved, communication with the members of your organization, and participate in activities with them, even if they're not "work related". By doing this, not only you are showing your dedication to the organization, as well as the morale of your fellow adventurers.  

Be Creative

An organization runs the risk of becoming dry and dull without something engaging to focus the group's attention.   A bored rpg game organization is a dead organization, as fewer members bother checking in to see if they're needed. Not exactly a fantastic playing atmosphere to be a part of, so get your mind and muse working. Come up with new ideas for events, projects, and games for your organization to participate in. Don't carry the burden of creativity alone, ask your members to help brainstorm goals and ideas.  Just be sure to credit whoever’s idea you decide to act on, which brings us to the next point.  

Be Grateful 

Sometimes a simple, “well done” can go a long way. As busy leaders, it is easy to forget to thank or congratulate someone.  Try setting up some type of reward system whether it’s for reaching certain levels, completing requirements, or even both. You’re the leader, you decide. Give them something to look forward to and to motivate them to strive for their best and go beyond. Although, if someone is performing well outside of set tasks and accomplishments, then also reward them for their hard work and dedication. 

Being a leader looks easy, but the truth is..it takes a lot of work, and to be an effective leader takes even more. Put these suggestions to the test in your favorite IRE adventure now! 

by Natalie Womble and Rachel C.

Comments

Aktillum's picture
08/17/2011
5:46 PM

communication with your team is not always easy. having an open mind and being approachable is a must.

Smile

Tekla's picture
08/17/2011
6:12 PM

Being approachable also means being open to feedback. Lots of times leaders get so immersed in leading they often forget how they look to others. Being open to feedback paves the path towards an even better organization. After all, it's not the leader's job to simply look good, but make the Organization look good as well.

Selira's picture
08/17/2011
6:14 PM

These are incredible tips for leadership, but not only that, but for creating a successful character in general! They're useful outside of the game, too. These are the kinds of things that will propel someone through life.

Silvarien's picture
08/20/2011
9:00 PM

I think leadership requires a certain personality type. It can be taught -- military science courses have actual classes for officers on leadership -- but basically you just need an instinct for it. You'll be criticized, have your motives and actions questioned, you'll be betrayed and wrapped in intrigue. The titles and privileges start to get old after a while. I've done it before, and I stepped down because I felt the stress was not worth the velvet trappings. If a person has the personality for this, has the ability to nurture their image and defend their actions against scrutiny, they should consider it. But I don't think it's something that can be learned off of posts or even just experience. I think some people are cut out for it, and some people aren't.

Naheem's picture
01/19/2012
11:50 AM

Good point! Very good ideas overall for being a successful person, either in game our out. Some things stay the same, huh.

Oceana's picture
08/17/2011
6:26 PM

and so are: being consistent, being flexible (they are not contraries), able to change, able to delegate, admitting that you make mistakes as well...

Lisbethae's picture
08/17/2011
8:24 PM

The ability to see things from someone else's point of view and to know when to be understanding and when to take things a bit more seriously as well. Leading by example is a good idea as well. If you are a leader, everything is your responsibility, not just the things people bring to you, learn to observe and act on your observations.

Kahlev's picture
08/18/2011
1:26 PM

Great article, it put me right behind the eyes and mind of the writer

Yilkon's picture
08/18/2011
3:42 PM

Having seen a number of different people manage to do these things (or not as the case may be) in several different organisations I cannot stress enough how important these are. Although I would probably add another explicit point:

Don't try to do everything.

You're a leader of an organisation people want to be involved with and help out in. Doing everything yourself will not only annoy people when they don't agree with you it will also alienate them because you aren't allowing them to have fun in their organisation.

Shihai's picture
08/26/2011
1:32 AM

Those who try to do everything and please everyone tend to stretch themselves out too thin, and burn themselves out.

Selira's picture
08/26/2011
8:25 PM

Honestly, what I've learned so far regarding time management is this - have trusted people to back you up if you're going into leadership, and absolutely learn to delegate, what to delegate, and to whom to delegate it. You still have to maintain some responsibility and control, but so long as you're aware of what's going on you can balance quite a bit of work with still having fun and not exploding. And there always needs to be someone aware enough of what's going on to even do the delegating.

Jenny's picture
08/18/2011
5:08 PM

"Being a leader looks easy, but the truth is..it takes a lot of work, and to be an effective leader takes even more. Put these suggestions to the test in your favorite IRE adventure now! "

I don't know when I ever get to do something fun and not have work to do in person or behind the scene. But there are far few who actually step up to the challenge. Most say "this is a game it is for playing not working" which I hear a lot. But try enjoying this "game" without having good leaders in place.

Dracot's picture
08/19/2011
1:41 PM

All very excellent points. But in the reverse, people also need to be appreciative of their leaders.

Mendax's picture
08/20/2011
8:03 PM

The one I would add, from my experience, sits alongside point four. As a leader you sometimes need to step back from immersion in the roleplay and remember that Achaea is a game.

As a leader it is your job to make sure that people in your organisation are enjoying their game experience. People enjoying themselves spend more time playing, are more active, and form a stronger social community. More people will want to join the organisations that provide an enjoyable experience. This ultimately builds and strenthens your own organisation, and your position as a leader.

Recognise that other people want responsibility, and that you are not the only person that deserves a leadership position. Collaborate, listen, and praise where deserved. Do be creative - make sure there are things for people to get involved with. Give people responsibilities; create tournaments, festivals and projects; engineer conflicts and wars. These are the things make Achaea a great experience.

Dalran's picture
08/21/2011
3:09 AM

Nice!

Myrddin's picture
08/21/2011
7:39 AM

A lot has been stated, but remember that you need to treat leaders how you would want to be treated. Respect is not given by most, and earned less by even fewer.

Mannimar's picture
08/21/2011
9:43 AM

Great article! Definitely requires a certain type of person though, and a bit of delegation to get the best results!

Anaidiana's picture
08/21/2011
4:17 PM

All the points made in the article are spot on and many that have been made also ring true.

Another thing to remember is that as a leader, you are one of the main, if not THE main representation of your organisation - not just externally, but within as well. Every action and reaction will be observed and noted and has the potential to help or hinder not just you, but the entire organisation. If and when (most likely when) something goes wrong, it will ultimately be your fault. Not your team's, not Bob's, not anyone else's, YOURS. There's a good reason leadership is stressful...it's hard to delegate and trust when it's yourself on the line.

If the Head of Novices flakes out? It's the Houseleader's fault for not replacing them sooner or for appointing them there in the first place. If an ordermate divulges secrets? It's the Head's fault for trusting them with said secret. (then again, secrets aren't secrets if people tell them, but that's beside the point).

Leadership is fun. It's also very trying....but also very worth it.

Sentaari Grandmistress

Grandmistress of Flowers 409-459AF

Member of the Order of the Sea

Shallamese Emir

Lead Herald, The Achaean Heraldry Association

Calleis's picture
08/22/2011
1:58 AM

Leaders can't lead if they don't show up Sad

Kurios's picture
08/23/2011
3:59 AM

that should also be there...

Rangor's picture
08/24/2011
7:06 AM

Leadership is hard work! It cuts into your regular ganking time.

how r u?

Aliath's picture
08/24/2011
11:07 AM

Consistency helps as well

Draekar's picture
08/24/2011
12:41 PM

Can't overstate that enough, leaders that are present and participate will always stand head and shoulders above others.

Halo's picture
08/24/2011
2:36 PM

Personally, I've always found the best leaders are the ones who need to make a post or statement rarely. Not that they're not doing their job, but they exert great clarification on what needs to be accomplished and they are clear on the goal and how to get there.

Vyretre's picture
09/29/2011
3:07 AM

For most people it is still not possable to be around most of the time. We have a life after all

Masaryk's picture
09/29/2011
12:58 PM

Aye, indeed. Unfortunately we can't play here 24/7, heh

Madelyne's picture
08/24/2011
9:13 PM

There should be a required reading manual for going into leadership, with notes like this. Wink

Lodi's picture
08/25/2011
12:32 PM

I've taken on positions of authority in the past and have then had to vanish from the game because of real world issues. Very bad form on my part. Don’t take up positions unless your 100% sure you can spare the time. Smile

Tarkor's picture
08/27/2011
5:55 PM

One point that seems to be missing so far is the fact that a good leader cannot do everything by him/herself. You need to be able to delegate. Find people you trust, and let them do part of the work. And make sure that they get the recognition they deserve for it, of course.

Agathon's picture
08/28/2011
4:58 AM

Some leaders love to CDF at the drop of a hat. If you're going to be a leader at least try to be fair and unbiased.

Kensei's picture
09/1/2011
8:51 AM

This I believe is very important. To become a leader just for the honors and your name written down somewhere, that's not what leadership is about...

Fluid's picture
09/1/2011
8:43 PM

I'd rather just bash for dragon. Then I can think about leadership.

Masaryk's picture
09/6/2011
12:17 AM

I definitely have a great deal of respect for those that are able to lead houses and cities. It takes a great amount of time and responsibility.

Herenicus's picture
09/6/2011
9:17 PM

Individuals who have the highly-employable qualities of leadership united to the leisure time of the essentially unemployed are few and short-lived.

Ariafel's picture
09/24/2011
7:10 PM

Don't forget to have a sense of humour! People appreciate that, instead of having a leader who is serious all of the time.

Selira's picture
09/24/2011
7:28 PM

This. I've found people seem to care more and be more informed about what's going on ever since I started letting a little silliness slip into the minutes for council meetings. I know at least some people have said they have an easier time reading the minutes, and it helps shake some of the negative stereotypes. It's a balance, though - people have to know that when you're serious, you're serious.

Ada's picture
09/25/2011
6:48 PM

I'd like me some funny minutes!

Masaryk's picture
09/25/2011
4:32 PM

Good statement. Having a sense of humor makes trying times a bit easier to handle.

Nenris's picture
10/16/2011
9:50 AM

Good article.

Melodie's picture
10/20/2011
4:15 AM

This is a very good article, and will always ring true!

Friztic's picture
11/19/2011
7:50 PM

Frivolous punishing is terrible for all those concerned. Makes you look bad and makes the person you are punishing look bad too!

Sryn's picture
11/20/2011
2:42 AM

Until the person you just frivolously punished brings it to the forums, then only you look bad.

Tzond's picture
12/28/2011
1:23 AM

Believe it or not most leaders I have come across are very fair and just. Only one or two actually abuse their power. Maybe we are all actually decent at picking leaders, when we actually have any input that is

Xinna's picture
01/12/2012
1:04 AM

It helps when leaders are examples everyone can look up to.