In this post we’ll answer the interview question: ‘What is your leadership style?’
In this post you’ll learn:
How to figure out what your leadership style is
How to answer the question
There are many different types of leadership styles, For example: Democratic, Autocratic etc.
Tell a story using the SARI formula (Situation/Action/Result/ Interesting features) that proves your leadership style is what you say it is:
If you said you had a democratic leadership style for example, your answer might sound along these lines:
STEP 1: SITUATION
I had to make a tough call on something and I wasn’t sure what the best course of action was yet.
STEP 2: ACTION
I decided to have a meeting with the team and hash out their thoughts and ideas.
STEP 3: RESULT
We didn’t get everyone to agree but we did get a majority vote and I think we made the right call due to the team’s input.
STEP 4: BONUS Interesting Features
I tend to ask the group before making final decisions, so if I get input from the group I like to hear what everyone has to say and then make the decision based on that. I think the team is a
great source of wisdom.
There you have it. How to answer What is your leadership style! you don’t have to answer it in the SARI formula, but I think that examples speak louder and are remembered way more than other types of answers.
Another thing you can do is go through a list of the different types of leadership styles and read up on them and then decide which one you are most like. Just google types of leadership styles.
A good leader will adapt their leadership style for each situation and each person so keep that in mind.
If you’d like more help with answering interview questions.
I have a free guide that I’ve put together, you can get it by clicking below:
An in-depth look at The SARI Formula (and the psychology behind it)
A series of Concrete Examples for the top 10 most commonly asked situational questions
Fill in the blank templates for each question
& if you are still getting stuck (because preparing your own stories is tough) I’ve also included
25 Questions to come up with your own stories much quicker.
You’ll also get the beautifully designed workbook, designed specially for you to prepare for your next interview.
By the end of working through the guide youíll be totally ready for any situational interview question that comes your way!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week right here in my little internet corner.
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