Leadership: the art, skill, or practice of leading, guiding, or influencing a group of individuals to contribute to the success of an organization. Many people hold leadership roles. In fact, there are more than 195,000 CEOs employed in the United States
alone, according to Business Insider.
With so many individuals in the equation, what sets great leaders apart? A lecture series by renowned consulting and training group Franklin Covey
, named four aspects:
Who They Are
It starts at the core of a person. Great leaders have a foundation of character that creates trust and confidence among individuals and permeates throughout teams and across the organization. Those who stand out have a moral compass to help guide them in their decision-making process, are clear in their objectives, and remain firm in the choices they make.
“This woman chose a career in public administration and considers herself a public servant, working for the good of the people in her community. Her character is evident and that is what helps to guide her decisions,” noted Nawoczynski.
He added, “She brings a positive attitude coupled with a direct and decisive approach, which has a huge influence on her team and the entire organization.”
Interview questions that help candidates portray Who They Are:
- How would someone on your team describe your management style?
- How do you maintain positivity in the workplace?
- What do you consider when you make an executive decision?
How They Think
Great leaders are aware of potential problems but reframe them as challenges and opportunities. They see what can be instead of what is. They often have a balance of creative and analytical thinking in order to determine an appropriate strategic approach. They also consider team members’ capabilities and talents and how they can better or best support the organization.
Lesher is currently communicating with a candidate employed by a large health system. This individual decided that by subcontracting all services, the organization may be compromising on quality. He brought 250 positions in house. The new employees’ personal interest in their work has resulted in higher quality scores and reduced operating costs.
Interview questions that help candidates portray How They Think:
- Please provide an example of an alternate approach you took when addressing a challenge. What was the outcome?
- How would you describe your ideal organizational structure?
Actions They Take
Another aspect is the demonstration of effective habits on a regular basis. This pattern of behavior sets an example for team members. It may involve punctuality or organizational skills. It can also involve assessing tasks. Great leaders dedicate their time, energy, and attention to activities with the highest rate of return and request the same of their team members.
Interview questions that help candidates portray Actions They Take:
- What motivates you professionally?
- Are there any workplace behaviors that you strongly like or dislike?
- How do you assess rate of return as it pertains to regular activities?
Results They Achieve
Great leaders often utilize a combination of intuition, experience, and statistics to forecast and achieve results. Whether it involves new technology, client service, workplace morale or profit margins, leaders set goals and meet or exceed them on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. They are action-oriented and have an awareness of small details, which contributes to the big picture.
Interview questions that help candidates portray Results They Achieve:
- How do you approach strategic planning within your organization?
- Please provide an example of consistently meeting or exceeding organizational goals?
- What are your short- and long-term career goals?
Lesher and Nawoczynski agree that candidates with consistent, quantifiable achievements on their resumes always stand out. “Someone who has performed well on a regular basis is likely to achieve results anywhere he or she goes,” Lesher concluded.
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