It is okay to make mistakes. All of us do it! You could have been a GM for 10 years and you're still going to make mistakes. The truth is mistakes happen, what is important is that you learn from those mistakes. Here are some tips we have learned by making a few of our own.
It is okay to make mistakes.
Learn from those mistakes and move on. Don't let the mistakes discourage you.
Recruiting is hard!
The key is being charismatic. Knowing how to talk to people and creating a good catchy ad that catches the imagination if you can't write it. It's okay to have someone else write one for you or hire a Recruiter. Your recruiter does not have to have an officer rank, you can give them invite permissions without making them an officer. I usually make my Guild Recruiter an officer, but that is a personal choice and totally your call. You could also create a Guild Recruiter rank reserved for the recruiter and his/her Alts if you like. For more tips on recruitment, please read our article on Guild Recruitment.
Your guild will not start out on top.
To be on top, you have to get there yourself. You also need to decide if you want to be top in regards to size or top in regards to raiding, or whatever you decide in regards to the type of guild you are. It takes a lot of work and dedication to become one of the top and most well-known guilds, such as Method.
Don’t give up!
You're going to see members come & go, that’s a part of life. Just brush off the pieces and move on. Though it is perfectly okay and acceptable to send a quick message to inquire as to why someone might have left your guild, you'd be surprised what you might find out. What does knowing that help you accomplish? It helps you know where you might be able to make something better for a future member, so you can keep your current members as well. If you feel you couldn’t handle it, it is okay to pass over the reigns. Not everyone is cut out to be guild master, but don’t let anyone tell you are or you aren't. You have to find that out for yourself. There are also a few other acceptable reasons to pass over guilds to someone, like if you're going to go offline for a while.
Running a guild is not that easy.
While some GM may make it look easy it is hard and it takes work to be able to succeed. It may take a while to get your guild off the ground, and once you do, you need to keep it running. Launching a guild is just the beginning, you will need to put time into maintaining and growing it if you want to be successful.
Purchase a book on leadership.
The Guild Leader’s Handbook is a great book for any “new” or experienced GM's. you can really learn something. If you are a manager at a store, then put those leadership skills you gained there to usage in regards to running your guild. Real life business strategies and leadership skills can help you in running a guild.
Be open to help.
It is perfectly okay for guild members to make suggestions, this does not mean you have to take their suggestions. Just allow them to make their suggestions and take them into consideration. This is as much their guild as it is yours, this is a differentiating opinion. Some people feel that you're the guild leader so it's 100% yours. It all depends on how you look at it.
Ask for help if you need it.
Never be afraid to ask for help from another guild leader, a friend, family member, or an officer. Asking for help we can not stress how important this is! Many people go without asking for help, they then stumble and then get discouraged because they couldn't do it alone. It's okay that you can't do it alone and need help, we all need help from time to time.
Being a guild master is not a decision entered into lightly. For someone who is inexperienced, it can also be overwhelming. All experienced guild masters have an idea of how guilds are run or should be run, you can always take tips and suggestions from any of them. Keep in mind that the tips we give you in this article, might not always work for you. You need to find your own way and what works for you! So, what tips would you give a new guild master on running a guild? Share them with us, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Join in the conversation in the comments below or talk to us on Facebook, Twitter, or on our forums!