If you have kept tuned in with my articles, you should be familiar with the term "Ethical leeching". It is made for party members who want to make the most out of joining a group, whether it be experience points, gils, enjoyment of the game, or by simply making friends.
This article is dedicated to differentiate and provide an informative guideline about the relationships of the Masters and the Ethical Leeches.
It is a myth that a leader is the one who benefits the most. The truth is, the benefits in a group (MMORPG that is, and in real life too.) is almost often equal. The only exception is that the leader is either a scammer, or the people in the lower position are willingly helping the leader (either because they want to, or because they have to.). Whatever your position is, you must fill your role in order for you to get the benefits. These are the responsibilities and privileges of the position.
-He or she is the one who dictates the path in which the group will follow. If the party doesn't know exactly what should be done, then everyone will get scatter-brained and do random things that will serve nothing towards a mutual benefit.
-He or she takes the blame if things go wrong. A true good leader knows when to apologize and admit to defeat, while being able to hold his position and redirect the focus of the members.
-He or she knows the game, or at least willing to learn it. This one is a little tricky. One can lead lots of parties and linkshells with members who knows more about the game than they do, and yet they can still, by definition, be the "Master" of the group. It is a matter of knowing what your members want and blending in with them. However, if you are in a place if extreme unfamiliarity, you have to lend your power to the others who knows more, and simply be an ethical leecher. People won't hate you for it as long as you contribute to the group.
-He or she must respect the Master with all the civility and diplomacy that he or she can muster.
-He or she doesn't nessecarily have to obey all the Master says, but needs to know what his or her role is for the group. For example, if you are a healer and the Master told you to keep the tanks in high health, do it. Your role is clear and you either contribute or get kicked out of the group. On the other hand, if the Master is proposing something like doing a certain quest, grinding on certain monsters, traveling on a new area, you don't have to follow it. If it is not your role and you know it will not serve the type of benefit that you are looking for, then by all means, feel free to leave (but be polite about it.). It is not your role to submit to every will of any other person but yourself.
-He or she is ready to take on the leadership position when necessary. Everyone must learn how to lead a group. You never know if the current Master's internet connection get lost, he/she dies, fall asleep, leave... At the same time, you have to know when to let others lead if they are in fact, more competent at the targeted goal.
-He or she shuts up when necessary, and speaks aloud when the moment calls for it. If you are noticing that your Master is scamming people (or basically doing something unethical), then call out his ********* The members will most likely stick to your side.
It is very important to know your role and follow it. Without harmony, the goal will be much tougher to accomplish.
Edited, Mar 19th 2011 10:13pm by Osarion Lock Thread: OT