The interviewer is trying to learn more about the challenges you currently face, as a leader. If hired, this information will help the company to know where you could use additional training, encouragement, or education. Every leader has an aspect that is challenging for them. Share your most challenging aspect of leadership but also highlight the steps that you take to alleviate or overcome that challenge.
One common challenge for leaders has to terminate an employee. Another problem could be continually motivating unengaged employees. A big challenge could also be sourcing and utilize the best hiring resources to shave down your time spent on reading resumes.
"One challenge that I face as a leader is to avoid frustration when employees show continued disinterest in our company's education opportunities. My current company has an amazing program available for continued education, yet only about 32% of our employees take advantage. To alleviate this frustration, I am starting a company-wide recognition program for all employees who explore this option with our company."
"Currently I only lead the temporary administrative assistants that we hire, from time to time, during peak seasons. It is a challenge because it's re-training a new person everytime the agency provides us with a new temp."
"My current team is spread out in different states. As a regional manager, it is crucial that I understand local markets, slang, and customs when talking to individuals and the team."
"I currently collaborate with my team, but am not in a specific management position. That said, I feel as though I lead by example and naturally take the lead in marketing projects or delegation of tasks when working in a collaborative environment."
"The most challenging aspect of being a leader, in my opinion, is managing the large variety of personalities. It takes some time to get to know everyone, but I am confident that I can do it."
"The largest challenge I've faced as a leader is working with an unmotivated employee who cannot seem to be motivated by the normal channels. Typically, this stems from hiring a poor fit for the role but happens far too often. It's so important, as a leader, to work on consistently coaching up or coaching out."
"In my current classroom, we have a bit of a power struggle between a few of the students. It is a challenge to navigate, and I have tried a variety of seating arrangements as well as group meetings involving the Principal. The next step will be parent involvement which I am planning to avoid."
"One challenge that I face as a leader is to avoid frustration when employees show continued disinterest in our company's education opportunities. My current company has an amazing program available for continued education, yet only about 32% of our employees take advantage. To alleviate this frustration I am starting a company-wide recognition program to all employees who explore this option with our company."
"Many times conflicts can be resolved by allowing those who have had a disagreement to have a neutral place to state their issue and have someone to help talk things out with. With that in mind, when I have had employees who are angry in the past, I prefer to talk to those involved individually so that I can get perspective on what each is thinking. Then I like to bring them together, if they are agreeable, and try to find a way to resolve the issues together. Often, when someone in a supervisory position is present, the parties will try to make amends so as not to jeopardize their position at work."