Last time, we had a closer look at the general raiding environment. Today, we will examine which relevant positions are available in such a raiding business. At first, we can differentiate between three main categories: Leading position, support position and member position.
Leading position: This position is in charge of the whole group. Everything is based on the decisions of a leader. The leader has the last word in difficult situations and is in most cases responsible for the success of the whole group. The leader has to create an environment where all the members of the group feel welcome, challenged to perform at their best and even improve themselves. Unfortunately this includes also the task of kicking bad members.
The leading role itself can be seperated into two positions: Guildleader and raidleader. Often, these two positions are handled by only one person.
- The guildleader is in charge for the guild-management. This includes everything related towards the guild like managing the member ranks and the guildbank.
- The raidleader is in charge for everything related to a certain raid. This includes: managing all the member, making up strategies for the current raid progress, inviting new members and finding solutions for the loot distribution.
Support position / officer: The main purpose of this position is to take charge of some duties of the leader. This could be the position of a second leader, recruiting officer or class / role leader. Every job a raidleader has to do, could create a support position as well. This often happens when the leader can’t handle every job all the time.
As a supporter you’re some kind of leader as well, but you’re only responsible for your specific task given by your leader.
Member position: This is – if you believe it or not – the most important position in the whole raiding environment. Every raid has about one to two leaders, maybe some supporting officers. These management roles are only a few members compared to a whole raid, where (e.g. in WoW 10 oder 25 men) the mass is coming from the member position. If you don’t have enough members, you’re not able to raid. If your members don’t feel welcome, they won’t follow you … and by this, you’re again not able to raid.
In this case: Think wisely about all your decisions. If you’re loosing your members, you can destroy your raid. Without your members, you can’t do anything.
Relevant positions – Roundup
A raid (or a guild) has three main position categories: Leader, support / officer and member. The leader is in charge of the whole raid, the support / officer is only in charge of a certain task. Member is the most valuable position – without enough members, a raid won’t exist.
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