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 to all employees who explore this option with our company."
Retail answer example
"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."
Manager answer example
"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."
Sales answer example
"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."
Marketing answer example
"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."
Admin answer example
"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."
Teacher answer example
"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."