Five Psychological Tips To Be a Better In-Game Leader
It is quite easy to think that being a great leader is exclusively reserved for professional players who were “touched by hands of e-Gods”, but what if being a great leader has nothing to do with your gaming talent, but with your traits and the strength of your character.
We offer you some insights that could improve your leadership skills, as well as your overall playing experience.
Be at your teammates’ service
There is a huge misconception out there about the leading role, regardless of the field of expertise. Whether you’re a basketball player, a chief of police, a president – you are always at service to those who have chosen to follow you and listen to your advice.
Being a leader is not about boosting your ego or getting all the credits and accolades – it is about being the first among equals, someone they trust to represent them, and make the call when a crisis occurs.
So, next time you enter the map, remember to not be “an alpha”, but to listen to the needs of your players and lead your men into victory.
Express courage when the opportunity arises
Throughout our lives, we get thrown into scenarios where we want to take action, but fear comes in and cripples us, leaving us with regret. We get stuck in our minds, wondering if we could’ve done anything differently.
How does this relate to your In-game performance?
Try that new move. Don’t be afraid to risk. Rush the site. Do you know how you create a highlight play? – You go out there and do something that other people consider to be cool. Yeah, you. It may sound unusual, but that’s what you want. You don’t want your usual game. You want a breathtaking shot.
It won’t happen when fear moves out of the way, but when you express courage through your mouse. Do it, try it – even if you are afraid. Maybe you won’t make it the first time. Maybe you’ll look ridiculous for the first couple of times, but when you achieve what you have imagined, no one will be laughing except you.
Always acknowledge the feedback
What are you talking about? We are playing video games, not answering surveys!
That is correct, but, whether you want to admit it or not – your results, your surroundings – are always giving you a certain type of information – feedback.
Maybe you are yelling too much at your star player or you may be opening up too fast in the early stages of the round – it’s up to you to notice that. The thing is that feedback will always be there whether you like it or not.
If you ignore it for too long, you risk becoming rusty and outgrown by other players who don’t fail to improve themselves.
Take personal responsibility
But, I’m playing with noobs. How am I supposed to win if my team is trash? Well, you are a part of that „trash“ team. The easiest thing to do and the easiest way out is to complain and point fingers. Sometimes, every issue can be solved by communication and patience.
After all, you are not in there to win a single game, but a tournament, a championship. Standing united with your friends and apologizing for your mistake once in a while will lead to great results in the long run.
Lead by example
It’s tough to change other people when you demand something you don’t provide yourself. There is an old saying – „Talk the talk, walk the walk.“ Everything you want out of your teammates must be radiating from you in the first place, so the inspiration and the energy are easy to spread around the group.
By doing first, and then asking second, will give them a sense of urgency to step up their game and stay inside the team-dynamic.
You will be surprised by what people are capable of when given an example that resonates with their abilities.
You and your whole team will benefit from it.
Interested in becoming the best player version of yourself? Start reading our complete guide on how to become a better gamer!