Entered by: Mandy
Date: 2006-08-25 Relevant to: Arolos and DF
Summary: Description of what a Wingleader is and does along with responsibilities of the role. For a complete picture of the Wing see the articles on Wingriders, Wingseconds, Wingthirds and Searchriders.
Wingleader is one of the highest ranks that a rider can achieve through their own perseverance and comes with responsibilities that the rider must meet. A Wingleader will look after around 30 riders depending on the numbers of riders and wings in the Weyr at any one time. A Wingleader has primary responsibility for his wing and is to ensure that the wing is ready and able to fly Thread whenever needed. He/she decides who should fly in what position - and this is important as a wrong placing can have disastrous consequences.
The Wingleader is more than just a commander though, he or she is more like family, and will take a part in helping to resolve issues in their riders’ lives. This could be small matters such as helping a rider to arrange accommodation when they first arrive at the weyr, being an ear to listen to when things aren't going right, and settling disputes or forming judgements in cases brought before them.
These are things that the writer has the authority to run without checking with the BoD. A Wingleader can also delegate any action to his Wingsecond.
The Wingleader is responsible for the reports being sent to the Weyrleader. However many of these reports will be completed by his Wingsecond in order to reduce the amount of time spent behind the desk. These reports should include:
Each Wingleader has his own office in the weyr. This enables him to have private conversations with members of his wing as well as to have a quiet place to complete the piles or reports and records every sevenday. All the Wingleader offices are located near their Wingsecond's office.
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