As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m an officer in my guild Bloodriver, and I have been one almost since its creation over 2 years ago. Over that span of time, I’ve seen many many members and even officers come and go for various reasons. It’s my personal belief that the officer position should go to the people who are willing to go the extra mile for the sole sake of the guild, not for their own personal advancement. It’s a job, not a prestigious title or an admission into an inner circle. Following that line of reasoning, I always try to be fair with my input about who I think should join our ranks. And yes, if I thought a close friend/family member/significant other wasn’t up to the job, I would say so.
The other night, we had an officer meeting to decide, among other things, who should be our raid leader. We had decided on a RL at the end of Wrath but he’s been unable to play due to real life responsibilities. Now, this was something that I had thought of before. I had led many of BR’s raids in the past; in fact through some of Ulduar, all of TotC, and the beginning of Icecrown Citadel. I had received comments that I was a good RL. And when asked for nominations, my name was thrown out there with two others.
I don’t know who actually nominated me because it certainly wasn’t me. I’ve come to realize that I’m what I call a “reluctant leader”. I will take up the mantle of leadership if I must, but if there is someone more capable and willing around, I will happily pass the role over to them. I am much better at supporting the true leader, whether it be by providing my opinion (and I’m not afraid to give it even if it contradicts theirs) or just being generally helpful by researching, gathering consumables, etc.
Maybe I was a good raid leader before, I don’t know. What I do know is that there were times where it would stress me the hell out and when I stress out, I retreat into myself. As you can imagine, it’s not exactly the best leadership quality to suddenly become silent over Mumble and become irked by every little screw-up.
The point is that I looked at myself critically, dispelled all illusions of “maybe it’ll be better this time”, and decided that I would not be a right person for this job. Instead I nominated and voted for the guild member that I thought was most suited for the job. Unsurprisingly to me, other officers thought the same thing and he was selected as our raid leader. I have complete faith in him to do his job too. He has past experience as a hardcore raider, and is known for cutting through the crap and telling people like it is, while still keeping things fun and boosting morale. I think we’ll do great with him and I’ll always do what I can to help him out.
Knowing when you’re not the right person for it, that’s another item for me to add to my list of officer qualities.