Running a Gaming Clan: Leadership Lessons From a Noob
Running A Gaming Clan: Leadership Lessons From A Noob.
I mentioned positive reinforcement and I will elaborate on this because it leads to some other important tips. As a leader, patience is not an option. You’ll run into different types of people so clashes are inevitable. Once again, managing expectations becomes a huge strategy as you make sure that everyone knows what the optimal traits are to possess and what values are considered core in the clan. Establishing these core values will only happen if you build good relationships. Make yourself approachable by never scolding someone for sharing friendly advice and constructive criticism. Practicing an open door policy is key, especially if you designate key liaisons and provide them with multiple means for reaching you, in case you are not “online.” Positive reinforcement is not just about giving people a pat on the back when they do well, it is about making people feel like an integral part of the group and helping them identify their strong points. When you focus on the good things people do, you can get them in a comfort zone where they can naturally start to eliminate their bad habits.
On the matter of patience, a clan leader needs to be ready to get bombarded, disappointed by performance, annoyed with inactivity, and even ridiculed at times. Every clan has black sheep and bad moments so you have to not only be ready for this but expect it at any turn. I feel that the worst thing that people do as clan leaders is scream at their guys when they’ve messed up, rather than pointing out what they did well and how they can use that to their advantage next time. I don’t know many people that like to be screamed at and belittled yet this is the style of leadership you’ll sadly often see. It’s boot camp all over again. Where’s the fun in that?
Leadership is a tricky thing. Leaders get criticized regardless. It’s a love-hate thing most of the time. Some will adore you, some will deplore you, and some will think you are the worst thing to walk on the face of the earth. Being a leader is hardly ever glorious and that’s the truth. You need to have a giving attitude and realize that your efforts will not always be reciprocated. This is the price to be paid. I reiterate this, reasonable expectations are critical for yourself and your guys. Everyone needs to be ready to pay the price because a clan is like a squad: it’s not going anywhere without something to fuel it.