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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.