How to Up Your Success Quotient in Finding Future Leaders

by Sandra Ford Walston

Succession planning, or passing the baton of leadership, is a big priority for many organizations yet so Finding future leaders and succession planningmany HR executives spend their time just putting out fires trying to quickly hire talent for a given job. Often, they’re interviewing future leaders by asking traditional interview questions, like the dreaded… “So, tell me about yourself”. Or, they’re asking behavioral questions to suss out how a future leader will behave in a given scenario.

But, what if you could ask better questions to find your next best courageous leader?

Here are 12 great interviewing questions:

1. What type of work situation would keep you up at nights?

2. If you perceive yourself as successful, how has image played a supportive role?

3. How have professional regrets played a role in your life?

4. Describe a situation where a prominent person in the organization was clearly attempting to intimidate you, how did you react to the situation?

5. What do you do when you are confronted with a situation that screams “red flag?”

6. Describe one example of a courageous leadership action that you’re proud of?

7. How do you operate in a status quo environment?

8. What behaviors have you demonstrated that support peer advocacy?

9. Have you ever fallen on your sword, and if yes, what prompted that choice?

10. Have you ever chosen to stand alone in your convictions, and if so, describe your values that prompted that choice?

11. The workplace is full of paradoxes. Have you ever been given a project that you felt made no sense but you weren’t sure what to do? Describe that situation.

12. When faced with a conflict of interest, how do you support your image to validate the ethics of the organization?

Sandra Walston

Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™.  She is an organizational effectiveness consultant, speaker, trainer and courage coach.

She is the internationally published author of COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman (2001), the follow-up book STUCK 12 Steps Up the LeadershipLadder (2010) and the recently released FACE IT! 12 Obstacles that Hold You Back on the Job (2011). She is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI®. Watch YouTube:FACE IT!  | Twitter  | Facebook
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