A couple weeks ago, we introduced the Community Blog Topic and asked for responses on personal blogs that we could then spotlight here. Unfortunately, no one left a blog link for us to spotlight. Fortunately, however, there were many blog-length comments that we can discuss.
The question was "What makes a perfect guild?" My response was that a guild had to have three qualities in order to be perfect: posted guild rules, strong leadership, and a consistent focus. Most of the commenters felt I had neglected one important requirement: people.
I think people make the guild. Leadership can only do so much - what they do IS important (after all, they can determine who comes into the guild, who might have to be asked to leave, what kinds of people to attract, etc), but an organization is only as good as its members.