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What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?

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

Updated January 22nd, 2020 | 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 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.

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

Academic Library Director
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"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."

Software Developer
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"Having many tools at my disposal, I find that a Java solution is the best way to solve this problem. I would typically write a program to find the missing number in an array in Java, C# or another language. The method I use is to find missing elements in an area of 100 integers, which contains numbers between 1 and 100. Looking at this problem from a high level, this can easily be solved by calculating the sum of the series using n(n+1)/2, to solve this problem. It's a quick and efficient way to do it, but keep in mind that it cannot be used if the array contains more than one number, or if the array contains duplicates. Some of these solutions might require you to calculate the sum of numbers and then subtract that from the actual sum to arrive at the correct answer."

Medical Manager
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"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."

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: 01/22/2020

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What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
Transforming people with all different backgrounds, opinions, ethics, and ideas into a team and creating an environment where they work well as a collective group and team.
Making everyone happy. Some decisions are made because that is what is best for the organization. However, I always provide clarification on why the decision was made and set clear expectations for performance.
Again finding people who have the same passion as I do.
Being attentive to all of their specific needs such as shyness or stress levels.
Using phones at work place nowadays every one have phone and emails and they are in social media they ignore work and attention on phone you need to give them challanges to avoid phones.
Put their agenda ahead of my own.
I want to keep everyone of one accord and I know that will not always be the case. I will strive to make it happen as much as possible though.
Being so close in age with employees and they see me as a friend rather than a manager.
Noncompliance by employees.
If everything clearly explain, why, when, than shouldn't be any.
Getting the whole team on one accord and to be for each other and not against each other.
Time on getting them to trust me.
Finding enough time to get to all of my people goals each day. It is my desire to get into classrooms regularly, spend time with the children and also attend to the administrative demands of the job.
Gaining for confidence of the employees. Make them feel secured in the organisation.
Getting everyone on the same page and maintaining morale.
Member fails to judge their actual skills and capability and sets higher benchmark for them selves.
When you get the staff member trained up and they wish to leave. Especially if it has to do with illness of themselves or a family member.
When employees repeatedly come to you with problems ( often the same one) and are not open/willing to process solutions.
Well, I believe when employees do not value their co workers and not try and work together as a team is one of the most difficult aspect of leading employees for me but, with help from management I believe everyone can come to agreement.
When there is a rogue employee in the mix. Most often, when sufficient time has been spent to foster quality relationships, everyone functions effectively and efficiently for the good of the team, but every so often there is the lone wolf who likes to do their own thing regardless of the decisions made by the group. When this happens, I try to appeal to their conscience of letting their team members down or having others feeling disappointed in them for not meeting expectations - this is after delving into the possibilities of why they are not able to meet the same expectations that the rest of the team are.
Working as a whole and where all have to give their max for the benefit of the organization.
When employees do not value their co workers.
Handling conflicts between employees.
Rentention. I want to see individuals succeed.
Ensuring that they learn to salute properly.
Workers who lack motivation and uninterested in the end goal.
Do they believe in their job enough that what we do on a daily basis is about recognizing that we are relied upon as the specialist. That we are the best team that exists to provide their patients the most optimal outcome.
Trying not to feel bad when you have to disaplain someone or correct them when they have done wrong.
Aligning the objective of the company with self objectives.
When they don't listen or cooperate with their task given.
Conflicting personalities, employees that put themselves before their profession.
I believe that most difficult aspect of leading is making time for feedback and staying in a coaching role to give that feedback. I think that I will always be fine tuning that role.
The most difficult aspect of leading is remaining composed and under control when things are not going so well for the company or team. Remembering to be the strength and hopeful positive beacon for others is a responsibility of a leader.
Being tough sometimes.. I hate being tough but they need discipline too.
Conflicts between employees.
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