Congratulations! You’ve been promoted to Clan leadership. Now, it’s time to learn how to be the best Clan leader you can be (so you’re not kicked out and replaced by someone else).
Every gaming Clan is a little different, and what passes as good leadership in one group is completely unacceptable in another. But in general, a few basic characteristics define exceptional leaders.
Here are a few helpful tips you can follow as you learn how to manage a clan.
Clan Leaders Show True Leadership
This sounds basic, but you’d be surprised how many people get this crucial point very wrong. If you’re elevated to a leadership position, it’s your job to take on your team and push them to victory.
Take on the Clan leadership role by:
- Watching your team. See something wacky happening during the game? Do something about it. Coach underperforming players, or kick off the meanies.
- Inspiring others with your play. Show your players how the game is won. When you’re playing, you’re setting an example.
- Encouraging great performance. Amp up your players and help them feel like they can do anything you ask them to. This cheerleader role is crucial, especially as you head into difficult challenges.
Clan Leaders Reward Great Performance
As a Clan leader, it’s your job to do the kicking when someone does something wrong. But never forget the flip side of a reprimand. When your players excel, they deserve recognition from you.
Elevate your best players into co-leaders, so they can keep learning from you and expanding their skills. Give shoutouts to players who do something exceptional others can learn from. Pay special attention to the people working hard and improving, even if they have a long way to go before achieving mastery.
The best leaders are kind, and they coach the best performance out of their teammates. Don’t be afraid to do the same.
Clan Leaders Really Know the Game
Don’t expect your team to follow you if you’re not sure what you’re doing. You can always ask for help and guidance, of course. People expect humility. But be prepared to hit the books and know your stuff before you lead your team onward.
When you understand a game intimately, you enter a state reporters call “flow.” You know exactly what should be done, and you make smart decisions without thinking about it. That state typically comes around when you’ve played the game a lot over a long time period.
If you already achieved flow before you became a clan leader, congratulations! You’re prepared for leadership excellence. But if you don’t have it quite yet, you have choices to make.
- Decline the designation. There’s no harm in accepting a co-leader spot. You’ll have another person who can fill in your knowledge gaps until you’re ready to do things solo.
- Be upfront. Tell your Clan that you’re willing to step up, but ask for their support. Hold frank discussions about what you’re getting right and what you should do better. Your team could help you learn and grow even while you lead them.
- Study. Plenty of teams share their gameplay on Twitch and YouTube. Watch the recaps and take notes. Steal the strategies you love, and learn from the pros.
Clan Leaders Pick the Best People
Exceptional leaders know that good staff makes them look good. If leadership is new to you, ensure your success by locking down admission standards. That way, you’ll get skilled players who don’t need a lot of handholding.
One clan leader requires prospective members to be Level 70+, and they must have 100 million in Gold Grab. This is a very high bar, but it helps this leader ensure that people joining her Clan are playing at the top of the game.
Scout the requirements for other teams, and see where the baselines are set. You might find a sweet spot that helps you build a self-sustaining team that isn’t too overwhelmingly hard to join.
Clan Leaders Set Expectations
How will your people know they’re doing a great job? When can they expect to be punished? Setting boundaries is a core part of good leadership.
Several teams have published the rules for their clans, and those bits of data can help you understand what people expect. In general, your rules should cover:
- Conduct. What’s okay for people to do while playing? What’s off limits?
- Punishment. If someone breaks the rules, what happens next?
- Promotion. How can people ascend your leadership ladder?
- Vacations. What happens when people need to take time away from the game?
- Other clans. Can people play on your team and other teams?
Post those guidelines, and refer to them when you’re offering any kind of promotion or reprimand.
Clan Leaders Share Strategy
There’s nothing more frustrating than blindly following orders you disagree with. Exceptional leaders talk about their decisions, and they share the strategy with the team.
Study examples of strategy if you’re unsure of the lingo. Know what is expected within the game, and be prepared to talk about your plans if they deviate from the norm. If your team has full insight into your thought processes, they are less likely to rebel and do something else instead.
Clan Leaders Ask for Feedback
You’re not perfect. No one is. Just as you’re expected to watch over your team, they’ll be watching over you. Be open to their comments, and be prepared to act on feedback that’s valid. Your team can help you be the best leader possible.
Clash of Clans Proves That Our Impatience is Worth Billions. (June 2016). The New Yorker.
Leadership Lessons from Clash of Clans. (October 2015). Medium.
Clan Rules. ExoticHeroz.