A leader is best when people barely knows he exists, when his work is done, his aim is fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Lao Tzu provided these words to make people reflect and reconsider what it means to be a leader. A transformational leader not only leads but also inspires greatness in others. Joe Ehrmann spoke at York College of Pennsylvania about this topic in October and December 2013. He promoted having a game plan for one's leadership that will lead to self-actualization for oneself and one's employees/coworkers. To make leadership transformative, there needs to be serious reflection and a journey that searches through one's personal experiences and beliefs. Ehrmann outlined the following questions to guide this process.
- What are your core values as a leader?
- What is your definition and purpose as a leader?
- What is your definition of success and how to do you measure it?
- What is my vision for the changes I want to make?
- Why do you lead the way you do?
- Is your leading worth imitating?
- Can your followers come to you knowing they can place trust in you?
- What do you want your accomplishments to fulfill?
- What is my first step towards a new approach to leadership? Where do you see yourself in a week, a month, five months, a year?
- What are the resisting factors to my new leadership game plan?
Whether or not people view you as a leader depends on your ability to motivate a team with energy and charisma. Think of yourself as a coach. You want your players to view you as a problem-solver who is dedicated, collaborative, and flexible. Your leadership style should be one that is similar to the skills of an entrepreneur. You should be able to sell, organize, motivate, work on a team, and be persistent. Your top goal should be to build a reputation that is a positive presence in the business. Remember that the connections you have gets you wins in the workforce, so be careful and competent when building strong relationships that last.