Please join me in welcoming our Zergus (Zerg) to the guild leader rank of High Command. Zerg is the latest product of our highly successful event runner program who's dedication and commitment to the guild has been felt by a great many members.
Zerg took on the role of Event Runner many months ago and has been instrumental in helping to keep Intro to Operations going as well as a few other popular events including his own aptly named event Zerg's Not-So-Accurate Star Wars Trivia. Over that time Zerg has stepped up as a leader in the guild, helping people in need, providing useful information and exemplifying the community and teaching nature that The Second Sith Empire has prided itself on for nearly six years now.
Shortly after joining the guild a little over a year ago Zerg quickly became the brunt of many jokes in guild chat and on Teamspeak. While some of this may have been justified (ok probably only about 4% is justified) he show that he was a great sport and took it all in stride. That positive attitude and ability to take the ribbing and roll with it immediately made him stand out as an upstanding member of the guild.
When he approached the officers about taking on the role of event running he didn't really have a specific event in mind. He simply wanted to help the guild any way he could by helping to run events that brought people together. This initiative caught Pakka's eye who took him under his wing and brought him in to help run Intro to Operations. Zerg knew he had a lot to learn about the game and to his credit he dedicated himself to learning it. He's a much better player than he was and he finally puts out some decent DPS.
I've not been playing group content much with the guild lately but I even hear whispers about his ability to heal. As a self-professed terrible healer myself it does my heart good to see someone else taking the abuse as a healer besides me. In all seriousness though this is just another example of how Zerg has adapted and grown to fit the guild's needs. It's a clear indication of his dedication not only to the guild but to the members of the guild as well.
When I spoke to Zerg about taking on the guild leader rol he shared concerns he had surrounding whether or not he was the best candidate. He cited the fact that there were other members who have been with the guild longer or had more experience or game knowledge than he did. While those things may be true, being a leader in the guild isn't a measure of knowledge or a matter of how long you've been a guild member, it's much more than that.
The first thing I tell anyone about being a guild leader with us is that the pay sucks and the hours are terrible. Being an leader in any facet of life is a burden. Being a guild leader specifically means less time enjoying the game and more time herding cats, putting out fires, keeping things running and doing administrative tasks, all of which sap time from actually playing the game . It's not about power or authority over others. Let's face it this is a volunteer guild in an online video game, how much authority could you possibly have? An guild leader only has as much authority as the players give them because your players aren't bound to the guild and they can walk away any time they want. It really is a wonder anyone actually agrees to being a guild leader after I give them my demotivational speech.
Zerg understood all of this already. Zerg has a background in service and leadership that shows through in how he conducts himself in the game. He didn't ask to be a guild leader. In fact those that do immediately disqualify themselves as candidates in my eyes because I have to question their motivation right off the bat. It's those who don't seek the position but who's actions exemplify the characteristics required for the position who stand out as the best candidates for guild leaders.
Zerg wanted to help the guild and grow the guild. Being a guild leader is not about what you get from the position. It's about what you give being in the position. It's about wanting to help and grow the community and it's about trust. That trust is earned as is the burden of being a leader.
Enough of my pontificating about what it means to be an leader. Let's congratulate Zerg for taking on the responsibility, and yes the burden of being an leader. If it wasn't for such a dedicated group of leaders this guild wouldn't be coming up on its six year anniversary. I'd like to thank Zerg, Cyril, Pakka, Fazin, Javanda, Ry and all the leaders who came before them that helped us become the guild we are today. Those that are gone are missed and those that we have today should be praised.
One last thing I wanted to point out. This guild doesn't have "Officers". This guild has "Leaders". It may just be a choice of words to some people. But to me it's an important distinction. To be a guild officer I simply have to check the box on someone's in game profile. But to be a guild leader one must lead by example. Our guild leaders do exactly that, which is why we continue to be such a strong guild.