This question is asked in interviews for people at a manager level and above. Now, there are many qualities of leadership but I’m just going to provide you with a few that i know of. They are only asking for three. You don’t have to give them more than what they ask for.
When you think of leadership and what makes a good leader– honesty and integrity, confidence, the ability to inspire others, passion and commitment, a great communicator, especially in ways that the team gets it, decision-making capabilities. Do they have a process to make a decision? Accountability. The ability to delegate and empower people. Creativity and innovation. Empathy. Resilience. Emotional intelligence. Humility. Transparency. Vision and purpose.
These are 15 qualities that i know of and they’re asking for three. Next, they’re going to ask you to talk about some of these qualities, whichever three that you answer. Expect that they might follow up further by asking you behavioral interview questions.
“Well, tell me about a time where you exercised resilience or you were humble or displayed emotional intelligence.” Be prepared with stories to illustrate this, especially at a manager level because part of what they’re looking for isn’t your ability to demand respect. It is the ability to earn the support of your people. After all, managing is about getting stuff done. Leading is the quality that you’re able to connect with someone and inspire their confidence so they want to do things for you, not because you’re bossing them around.
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