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How to Up Your Success Quotient in Finding Future Leaders



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 many HR executives spend their time just putting out fires trying to quickly hire talent for a given job or bringing the candidate back nine times fearful they may not make the perfect hire. 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 demonstrate 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?

 About the Author:

Sandra Ford Walston, known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™, is a learning consultant, corporate trainer and courage coach. Sandra’s expertise allows her to focus on the tricks and traps of the human condition through recognizing and interpreting courage behaviors and courageous leadership styles.

Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra also provides skills-based programs for some of the most respected public and private blue-chip businesses and organizations in the world, such as IBM, Caterpillar, Inc., Institute of Internal Auditors, Hensel Phelps, Wide Open West, Agrium, Inc., Virginia Commonwealth University, Procter and Gamble, Hitachi Consulting, US Bank, Healthcare Association of New York State, and Institute of Management Accountants. 

The internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE and an honored author selected for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Sandra facilitates individuals and groups to discover the power and inspiration of their everyday courage.

STUCK: 12 Steps Up the Leadership Ladder, Sandra’s follow-up book to COURAGE, is directed at any woman, regardless of title or credentials, who wishes to grow professionally by introducing courage actions at work. Her third book, FACE IT! 12 Obstacles that Hold You Back on the Job confirms that what holds you back on the job is the same as what hinders achievement—the reluctance to face and live a courageous life. Sandra is published in magazines such as Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development, HR Matters, Malaysia, and Strategic Finance.

Sandra is qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, is a certified Enneagram teacher and an instructor at the University of Denver. She can be reached at www.sandrawalston.com where she posts a courage blog and courage newsletter. 

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