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What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?

1 of 30 Leadership Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 5th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer is trying to learn more about your level of comfort and confidence in a leadership role. Remember, interviewers, want to see you be successful! Your answer will show them where you may need extra support or training if hired.

Be transparent with the interviewer about what aspect of the role you see as a challenge; however, you must avoid talking yourself out of the opportunity. For instance; if you are to lead a group of 50 people in this position, avoid saying that the most significant challenge will be in leading a large team. Keep your answer positive and provide a solution to the problem.

Professional Answer Examples
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"I believe that the biggest leadership challenge in this role will be taking on the task of getting to know each team member on an individual basis. This task will be a time-consuming one, but I am looking forward to it! I like to be engaged in the lives of my team. I feel that it creates productive employees."

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"I will make a point to not only prove my credentials on paper and in practice but also once I get to know the team; I see any of their fears and objections melt away quite quickly."

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"The biggest challenge that I see from the outside will be to gain the trust of the group. From what I understand, many of these team members have worked here for a very long time and have great seniority. I am preparing for a lot of 'how it used to be' comments."

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"I think fitting into a team and having them see you as a leader and legitimate contributor is always the biggest challenge in a new role. There is almost always some resistance to change, even if they feel it was needed, because it may not be what they thought it should be, or they thought there should be a different leader in the position. Earning their respect and a degree of being liked is always a challenge, but a satisfying hurdle, once overcome."

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"The toughest challenge when taking on a new leadership role is to understand the dynamics of the team fully. You want to make a great first impression while still being effective right off the bat. It's a fine balance!"

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"The largest challenge I foresee is the perception of me being their boss. I often am younger than those that I end up managing, and I am a woman, so that can be quite off-putting for some who are not accustomed. This situation wouldn't be the first time I've faced and overcome a challenge like this, so I am not worried."

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"Children often resist change, and I expect there to be some statements like 'our old teacher didn't do that,' for instance. I will start by allowing the students to ask me questions about my teaching career and my favorite things to do. Once we create a connection, everyone will be more comfortable."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 12/08/2015
Last modified on: 08/05/2018

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What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?
Not meeting my goals. I am a goal oriented person and when I don't meet the challenges set before me, I become frustrated.
Not meeting my goals. I am a goal oriented person and when I don't meet the challenges set before me, I become frustrated.
My toughest challenge would be the fact that I am an outsider.
Spreading out my responsibilities to ensure success.
Being the one to go to for everything.
Toughest challenge would be to change the mindset of others to work together as a team to maintain a higher level of professionalism.
Attendance and buy in from the faculty.
I think getting to know each indivu.
Dealing with people who don't want to work.
I believe the challenge would be satisfying the majority.
Not being able to solve a situation.
To balance work among teammates.
To make people understand my vision and missions.
Learning the company policy and procedures, my role and what is expected of me with the company.
One of the toughest challenges in this role would be personality conflicts.
There will be different workers with different behavior. The toughest challenge is to understand them and their behavior as well.
Maybe getting the team on one team and letting them know I am for them.
To get to know the way of your business.
Improving the customers experience.
My toughest challenge would be keeping balance in my life. I have always loved my work with children and peers and can dive in head first. It has only been in the last few years that I have set boundaries for work.
My toughest challenge to enhance employee knowledge and skill as per customer requirement vis-a-vis timely completion of individual task.
My toughest challenge to enhance employee knowledge and skill as per customer requirement vis-a-vis timely completion of individual task.
That to everyone carring... Solve everyone problem..
Get the product reach the end user. Build the team and make this product reach the end user.
Motivating the staff to improve on their work.
I believe my toughest challenges would be to get the company moving in the right direction again. I feel with my experience, in change and moving companies forward, I will be able to do this.
Probably leading and directing a budget staff of one to many (i think there is 9 here), and managing resources that are somewhat limited as opposed to where I am now. I don't want to say we have unlimited resources, but our revenues are pretty much easily predicted and are not predicated on a tax base such as yours.
Initially coming up to speed with the needs of the business balanced with the coaching and inspiring of the large team.
Motivating a diverse group of people toward a common objective.
I feel my toughest challenge would be trying to change the mind set of the employees to work together as a team but that is a challenge that I'm up for.
Trying to please everyone all the time.
Productively finished work on time.
Initially, filling 50 beds for immediate revenue. Having to disappoint individuals or families who's needs we may not be able to meet.
At present, I do not know my team members. So toughest challenge is to understand team members and deliver quality work within schedule.
Changing the mindset of others and getting them to work as a team to achieve my personal challenge and that is to maintain a high level of professionalism attractiveness and beautification inside and out of the building.
Not knowing what to expert.
The conflicts and personalities of employees in the office.
I have to work for keep the relationship more stronger between the colleagues and also have to work for like a team work one for all and all for one cause we are here to sacceed the mission by protect imports people and motivate and loyalty.
The real challenge would be adapting my behaviour to each individual to bring develop good working skills in my team.
Learning all the laws, codes and policies.
Transtioning from being a colleague to be an administrator.
Although I believe I have wonderful relationships with the staff at Maple Dale, I am trying to prepare myself for the shift in moving into a supervisory role.
Familiarizing myself with all of the codes, laws, legislation and policies in a short period of time.
Ensuring effective relationships are built.
Would be the language barrier between me and the clientele we serve.
My toughest challenge would be change the incorrect ways that associates do their work.
Initially, filling the beds as quick as possible to make sure we meet revenue goals. I seek to overcome challenges.
Trying to get other people to understand my opinions.
My toughest challenge would be coming into a new leadership spot and teaching employees that have been here longer.
Getting my point of view with older employees.
Getting everyone on board and aligned with my vision.
Gaining the respect and trust of the staff to be an effective leader.
A staff who is not willing to take change.
My Toughest challenge would be to get to learn the job very well so I can coach my staff to be better on their job.
Creating a culture of trust for engagement in change.
A key to a good leader is having great relationships with staff and students. Being new to the district I feel building relationships with be my top priority and toughest challenge.
To tack trust from the team.
Balancing office challenges with people issues. I want to be available during the day as much as possible to the students, teachers and other staff, yet I know that a healthy balance will lead to a healthier life at school and at home.
Adapting to the needs of the.
Getting to know the layout of the store.
The toughest foreseeable challenge would be narrowing the gap between senior management and executives and our team.
Balancing office challenges with people issues. I want to be available during the day as much as possible to the students, teachers and other staff, yet I know that a healthy balance will lead to a healthier life at school and at home.
Building relationships with an entire new staff and group of students. I will top priority in my new role.
Interpersonal conflicts within the section.
To listen to the problems of all the staff members and be able to solve them without being biased.
It would be the respect and trust from my colleges.
Learing the personalities of each member and fuigreing out how to bring them together as team .
I must to iprove myself and let the other trust in any desegion I will take take it.
Trying to find employees that have the passion that I do.
I think my changllege will be to get to know the staff better.
Getting the buy in, finding the right stakeholders.
Balancing the upper management big picture visions with the floor staffing time management.
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