Ten questions to ask leaders

I strongly believe that “Anyone can be a leader”, but how do you become one? If you already are a leader, how do you become a better version of yourself? You might read a lot of books, listen to podcasts, and attend seminars or conferences. But is this the best use of your time? Is it another way to grow and develop faster your leadership skills?
The answer is yes, one of the best ways to develop is to talk to leaders and most importantly, ask questions. I usually ask for permission in interviewing, doing my best to make it as informal as possible.

Every time I am with a leader I respect, I use this list. It gives me the basis for further developing topics I’m interested in.

1. Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a
mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?

2. What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?

3. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

4. What is the biggest challenge that leaders are facing today?

5. How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?

6. When faced with two equally-qualified candidates, how do you determine whom to hire?

7. What criteria do you use?

8. What is one mistake you witness leaders making more frequently than others?

9. What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better
leader?

10. What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

11. What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

You might start by asking yourself these questions. Better yet, ask leaders around you. This will give you some basis of comparison as you begin to learn from them. And you’ll be amazed to see how keen people are in sharing their views and experiences with you. Just try it.

So here is the question for you: What would you ask other leaders when you get the chance to interview them?

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