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  1. Update 2016-02-09: Sorry for letting this thread rot like a corpse in the sun for two weeks. Judging from the replies I have gotten so far, it seems like I have not conveyed my thoughts properly. (A notable exception would be Karm. I think that he understood what I was aiming at. ;]) So I will get back to the drawing board until further notice. As for the thread, you can all let it die. I do not mind if a stray moderator locks it, but in my opinion it's not important enough to bother them about it. A lot of excellent resources have been posted on what properties make up a good Squad Leader. As stated in the thread Leadership behaviour in SQUAD - your thoughts needed!, "SQUAD at its core is a game about leadership while under pressure.". But what practical things can you actually do in order to gain to gain this elusive leadership ability? And what can you do to condition yourself to keep your head cool when the stress is rising? This thread is meant to explore just that: 1. What can you do, inside and outside the game, to attain one of the qualities that marks a good Squad Leader? 2. Which good Squad Leader qualities should you try to attain first? In order to explore this efficiently, I recommend posters to bring up only a few qualities (that a good SL should have) per post, and then focus on suggesting ways you can practise in order to approach these qualities. And let's get the most obvious one out of the way first - "just play a lot as an SL". While that is a fine suggestion, we can't stop there if it doesn't work for some combination of SL qualities and people. ;] Example subject: 58 (me, the opening poster) 58 tries his hardest to become a SL for ulterior, personal reasons. He has a medium-to-high amount knowledge about infantry tactics but is having trouble converting them to practise. In particular, 58 has troubles with being short and to the point in his communications in spite of being aware of the problem. He is also feeling overwhelmed a lot while being SL, so he also needs to improve his mental endurance, or initiative and squad morale will suffer. Example post that could help 58: Brevity (conveying a lot of info in few words) in communications is a good SL quality. If you talk a lot in-game, people can become frustrated and important information may not be relayed in time. You can practise brevity in-game by saying your out loud to yourself a few times, before hitting the push-to-talk buttons and repeating it in-game. This way you can polish what you say so it becomes shorter and shorter before letting someone hear it. A downside is that this slows down your communication. On the positive side, it should help the brain to learn quickly since practise is done in close proximity to live usage. You can look up procedure words for radio communications to expand your vocabulary. You can note down words or phrases you like in a text file on your PC. Try to be simple in your communication to help new players. Military acronyms, while precise, may be unnecessarily complex for other players and your brain. Which is easier; "RPG", "LAT", "LAW", "rocket" or "rocket launcher"?Endurance.. blah blah ladie-dah... herp derp Rob Schneider Reference material: What makes a good Squad leader?Battle's 'Tips for New Players'The Squad User ManualLeadership behaviour in SQUAD - your thoughts needed!Squad Leader Tips & GuidesSQUAD - the Cheesy Tactical Guide (contains further links in its reference section)
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  3. SQUAD at its core is a game about leadership while under pressure. Everyone handles this differently, and the community encompasses a variety of different ideas of what leadership is and how you display it. In the aftermath of a previous discussion about this I thought there could be some merit to having a place where we, the community, are able to share our thoughts (if you're using examples please de-identify anything, this isn't about the personal) and chart the acceptable bounds of leadership behaviour in SQUAD and establish even more of a solid grounding around how we as a community play with one another. Given the recent growth of the community, and it's forseeable expansion, it feels like this is a good time to talk this out and establish some good community standards. I'm a reluctant leader at best in SQUAD (I'll straight up admit it, I generally only go SL when I have to create a squad) so maybe I'm the last person some think should start a discussion about leadership, but here goes (please excuse the wall of text and poor structure). What is your preferred style of leadership in game, how do you embody it, how do you act as a leader? If you're not leading, what sort of leadership do you enjoy following in game? What helps you fight better and what helps you feel like you're playing a better game? What turns you off, or makes you want to leave a squad? I tend to be a pretty relaxed gamer, so I enjoy a more relaxed sort of command style (but as long as you're not barking orders at me like some SS Ratenfuhrer I'll cope), I will offer suggestions to an SL if I feel like its warranted and feel like that shouldn't generally be discouraged and will generally follow any order without being too fussed if it leads to my death as long as it makes some sense. I've occasionally had to query one or two SLs early on in the piece when they've requested attack on an uncappable point (due to game rules, not ingame circumstance), but that's about it, generally I'm fairly happy to go where I'm told if the person seems ok. I personally find it really difficult to play in a negative team environment where people are either attacking other squads or other people in the squad for being 'useless', or not following orders, or whatever. I tend to feel like that sort of stuff doesn't really help encourage anyone to cooperate much and just leads to a crap game. I really, really draw the line on personally abusive behaviour within a SQUAD (unless obviously a joke between two people who know one another). If I end up in this kind of squad I tend to bail fairly quickly. On the occasions I end up as SL, I try not to micromanage my squad members (I generally figure they know what to do in an immediate tactical sense) and just tend to ask people if they wouldn't mind following me to one point or another, I call for volunteers if I have to send people to do something rather than picking names off the list when I don't know people. I'll also generally happily take suggestions if people have them. So that's what I generally tend to consider what my acceptable bounds of behaviour are for squad leading and leadership ingame, personally. So how do you prefer to lead and be led in SQUAD?
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