“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
I think the biggest challenge a leader faces is, “Will things run just as smooth when I am not leading?” That has been my primary goal as a leader of the BoondockSaints. It takes real leadership to ask for help, delegate and recognize your shortcomings. I am lucky enough to have several people that step up when I am not there to lead a raid or to solve an issue.
The most important thing about making something work smoothly when you are not there, its to make sure that the group shares your vision. As a group of friends playing WoW our vision has been ever changing and right now it is going in various directions. People might think that the majority of the guild wanting to create horde characters to level was a challenge, but it has been nothing but fun. We were still able to run a raid the minute we wanted to do it, and it was just a matter of the people we needed switching to their alliance 80s. We raided a lot one week, then this week has been nothing but heroics and mount farming. I am sure next week it will be something else, but we all just pull together and do fun things in game.
I love the fact that we have done so much in such a short period of time. I could not do it without the support of my officers and the hard work they are putting into it all. I say 90% of us have bear mounts now, and a big group has the Timed CoS drake. So while being a leader is great, having good people around you to help you out makes it tons easier. I appreciate everyone, and lets keep on having fun!