I hope this wound isn't too fresh to talk about, but I think it has some good points for discussion. I neglected to mention a bit of drama that happened last week. As I mentioned, I am now the new Guild Leader. I also mentioned that the previous Guild Leader was going to continue to raid with us, but due to "personal reasons", he has left the guild.
Some mass hysteria ensued, mostly fueled by one officer in particular (from the best that I can gather). We had changed focus from Karazhan towards the 25-man raids. Not that we weren't doing Kara anymore, just that the 25-mans were more important. There were other issues why people left as well, but I think that was one of the main reasons. After that this officer said he was going to leave and start a new guild, the mob mentality set in and we had 11 people leave the guild! (Does this sound like an issue of Guildwatch from WoW Insider or what?)
The remaining officers and myself have since spoken to almost everyone, and 6 of the members have returned. I'm guessing that we'll have some other people return as well. We've also recruited an additional 4 or 5 people. So while it was kind of a really tough weekend, it looks like all will turn out for the best.
The question that I'm bringing up for discussion has to do mainly with communication. I guess most guild leaders have at least the stereotype of being jerks. Once they make up their mind, that's the final thing and whatnot. I have no idea how true that is, but that's the stereotype that I've heard. I'm not like that. I've generally tried to listen to arguments so that I can better understand positions as well as possibly strengthen my own. But before you get all bent out of shape, and especially as an officer, wouldn't you at least try to talk to the Guild Leader? Verify that you have the whole story and make sure you understand all facts? (The officer that left our guild did neither of these things.) And for those reading this blog that are not in Primogeniture, how do you interact with your Guild Leader? For those in Primo... try not to embarrass me too much, k?