How to Answer the Leadership Style Question

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What is your leadership style?
  • How do I prepare for the leadership questions?
  • How do I slam dunk the leadership question?

This cast describes how to answer the interviewing question, "Describe Your Leadership Style."

This is perhaps the third most important interviewing question, after, "Tell me about yourself," and behavioral questions. It can be a tough one if you haven't done some thinking about how you lead and motivate others, and why others perform well when you are leading them.

In this cast, we walk through how to prepare to answer, and how to deliver an impressive answer. Finally, at the end of the show, we share a crucial test that your answer must pass. While you already know the answer to the test, it still catches most people off guard.


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Woo-hoo- the return of the member

Woo-hoo- the return of the member casts! I'm really looking forward to hearing this one- not because I get asked the question in interviews (I'm happy at my job), but because I get asked it a lot in interviews (from candidates)

Mike and Mark. Very practical

Mike and Mark.

Very practical aspects covered. It's a learning as how to work around the Leadership / Management style question from an interview perspective. I am interpreting that at the discussion level they both converge, while at the execution level they diverge to have significant and different interpretation and meaning.

Thanks again for the for the members only cast. Would the show note slide appear soon?

Regards
Karthik
Bangalore, India.

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Do you recommend asking this question

Do you recommend asking this question of a prospective boss?

I just interviewed someone for an opening on my team. When I asked her if she had any questions for me, she stumbled and stammered a bit, asked a couple questions revealing her complete lack of preparation, and then she asked me to describe my management style. To be honest, I knew at the handshake that she wouldn't work. But I was put off by her question, as if I was the one being interviewed.

You should send all your registered users Manager Tools business cards so when someone does something really ineffective, we can hand them the card and smile.

El_Guapo- Well, sorry she was mostly

El_Guapo-

Well, sorry she was mostly unprepared, but I do like that question for experienced interviewees. A newer/younger candidate probably has little ability to evaluate an answer, but I wouldn't rule them out for asking it alone.

Mark

Absolutely! An interview isn't just

Absolutely! An interview isn't just about Will you be hired, it is also about Can I work here? A great job with a fundamental management style conflict is a recipe for disaster. For example, a "get involved" manager throws big red flags for me and I would not accept the offer because I don't tolerate micromanagement.

This shows maturity in the interviewee. An interviewer who is not comfortable with this needs to keep the MT business card for themself.

Ken