Many Hunters try to ‘lead’ by telling their teammates what they’ve done wrong. If this is your approach to leadership, it’s worth reconsidering – both for Evolve and for real life.
Consider that you might not have enough information to pass judgement. If you think that one of your teammates wasn’t doing their job, there could be a reason why they weren’t. They might have been:
- Recharging an ability
- Under attack
- Too far away to help
…or subject to some other limiting factor you’re unaware of.
What can you say to help your team?
Leadership is about making the right calls while the action is happening. You need to be ahead of things, hence the term ‘lead-ership.’ If a game goes badly, nothing you say after the fact will change that. Even if your team made mistakes, they’ll learn better from those mistakes without your criticism.
Give your team information that will help them do their jobs, like which direction the Monster is headed or who he’s attacking. There’s a lot you can say to help the game go right.
If you know some really crucial information about how the game works that others are missing, then yes you should share that. But doing so requires tact and discretion. If you can’t find a polite way to offer advice, don’t say anything at all. And even if you put it nicely, don’t be surprised to be snapped at in return. Your teammate might not agree with your advice, or your presumption of authority.
Exercise foresight, not hindsight
Leadership is not about scapegoating and making people feel bad about their performance. Evolve has the potential to spawn a great player community. Let’s all keep it from being toxic.