What Is Your Leadership Style?
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.
In order to answer this question we’ll use The SARI Formula which we’ll go through here. SARI stands for Situation Action Result and Interesting Features.
The formula comes in many forms. Some people call it SAR some people call it STAR, but it’s essentially the same thing.
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STEP 1: SITUATION Set the stage and paint a picture.
Describe the situation/job you were in.
For example: 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
What did you do? (Talk about the action you took.)
I decided to have a meeting with the team and hash out their thoughts and ideas.
STEP 3: RESULT
Explain how it worked out in the end. (What happened as a result of your actions?)
Every story isn’t complete without a happy ending so make sure it is something positive you choose to talk about in your story.
The result in this case was: 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
Zero in on learning, talk about resources you used to get the result you did, anything that adds interest to the story and makes the story more fun to hear.
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:
What you’ll get inside the guide:
Top-ten examples of stories that have proven to be impressive interview answers
The S.A.R.I. formula breakdown of how to answer these questions
The step-by-step of why it works
Fill-in-the-blank templates for each question so, you’ll be able to fill in the blanks and get going!
Now you’ll need to come up with your own stories! (You can steal the ones in the guide if they apply to you though too, I don’t mind)
If you are still getting stuck because you can’t think of your own stories…
I’ve included 25 questions that you can ask yourself to come up with your stories much quicker!
You’ll get all this in a beautifully designed workbook prepared specifically for you to prepare for your interviews.
By the end of working through this guide, you’ll be feeling confident and ready for any situational interview that comes your way!
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