Chapter Five. LEADERSHIP: The Buck Stops Here

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Behind the scenes of any thriving community, you’ll invariably find effective, dedicated leadership. Leaders breathe life into a community: they greet newcomers, coordinate events, manage programs, maintain the infrastructure, and keep the activities lively and civil.

Leaders are known by many different titles: founder, teacher, mentor, priest, counselor, coach, host, sysop, gamemaster—the list goes on. Whatever their titles, your leaders will profoundly shape your community culture, because they’re your most visible role models. When newcomers arrive at your community, they’ll look around for clues ...

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