Guild leaders are trusted with our most valuable resource in Strats, community members. Many of these members are drawn to our community with a specific guild in mind, we owe it to them to ensure we are supporting the guild wholeheartedly.
The following is a set of guidelines for a Guild Leader and its appointed Officers to abide by:
I think it is important to point out that Strats is a community and the individual guilds are here in support of that community. Our community is very diverse from hardcore to casual and daily users to those the check-in once a month. Guild leadership should have a plan in place to accommodate its entire player base not just the elites. I am not saying you have to cater to everyone individually, but the casual gamer needs to be valued just as much as the hardcore.
I know meetings can me difficult to set-up, conduct and manage. Meetings, however, are the core to effective communication within the guild. They allow information to flow from the top down and the bottom up. They are a fundamental key to making every member feel included and valued.
Every guild should have the following meetings on a reoccurring basis, we use the term reoccurring to give some flexibility to the guild leadership:
- Elder / Guild Leader
- Officer Meeting
- Guild Meeting
Guild Officers are selected by the Guild Leader from a pool of volunteers. Offices need to support the leader and back them up. This means attending scheduled meetings and fulfilling any duties. A guild officer should strongly consider their ability to “work” for the Guild leader before they accept a position.
Not everyone will be able to attend meetings or will have an opportunity to be heard. Guild leadership should have a very robust flow of information in the forums geared towards the community members participating in their guild. This will also help recruiting efforts as it will allow potential members an opportunity to see the status of the guild and the direction it is heading.