We all know certain players to be assholes, or shy, or outcasts, or different, or just not all there.
As a Tournament Director, I am in a leadership role.
As such, I try and treat everyone the same, even the "assholes" that no one likes or want to talk to. Or the shy, different ones that everyone avoids.
But I proudly admit that I tend to smile more to all the "outcasts," or make it a point to say good morning more to them, or maybe try to make a joke so maybe they'll crack a smile for me.
I recognize that the "outcasts" are not very talkative and quite frankly, not being talked to by a lot of the players. I have even heard other Tournament Directors pass judgement on them.
I go out of my way to try and make them feel comfortable, though, or least try and make them smile. I don't avoid them like most people do, I am in a role where I can hopefully add a little bit of comfort or see their face light up a little bit.
I'm actually a very shy person, but in this element of running a tournament, it's really a role that I embrace and try to ensure the players have a comfortable atmosphere to play in.
A little friendship goes a long way.