Interview questions for leaders

Determining leadership insights:

  1. In your opinion, what constitutes good leadership?  Which qualities do you identify with most?
  2. When recruiting for a leadership role in your team, what questions do YOU ask to establish the presence of leadership qualities?

Personal insights/ Self-awareness:

  1. If the people who have been working with you recently were asked why you should be hired for this role, what would they say?
  2. What would people note as the traits they most like and dislike about you?
  3. What have you discovered about yourself in a recent leadership role? How did this arise? How did you act on this insight, if at all?
  4. When did you disappoint yourself (or others) in your leadership role? What would you do differently if you could do it again?

Leadership behaviours: (provide examples)

  1. Leading to an outcome/goal: How have you gained buy-in or agreement from your team in pursuit of an outcome or goal?
  2. Influencing: what are your primary influencing techniques for gaining support from people who are not directly/indirectly reporting to you?
  3. Empathy: How do you develop an awareness and understanding of the thoughts and feelings of your team (individually or collectively)?
  4. Handling morale: Tell me about a time when the going got really tough. How did you respond in relation to your staff?
  5. People development: What steps do you take to develop your team in both a personal and work related capacity?

Dealing with conflict/ poor performance/ ineffectiveness: (provide examples)

  1. What is your approach to resolving conflict amongst team members?
  2. What have been the primary reasons for poor performance? How have you dealt with this?
  3. How do you provide feedback on poor performance? What has the outcome been?
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