If we aren’t careful, as time passes, leaders expect more from others and less from themselves.
Would you hire you, if you interviewed yourself?
You expect the people you interview to answer important questions with concise clarity. Maybe it’s time to hold yourself to the same standard.
Questions to interview yourself:
1. Imagine 20 years have passed.
- What have you accomplished that makes you proud?
- What have you done to enrich the lives of others?
2. What do you wish you could do better?
Don’t humble-brag by saying silly things like, “I tend to work long hours.” Or, “I find it difficult to take time off.”
- How have your weaknesses held you back?
- How are you compensating for your weakness?
3. How forward-looking would the people you work with say you are on a scale of 1 to 10?
Suppose you believe your colleagues would give you an 8 on the forward-looking scale.
- Why didn’t you give yourself a 7?
- What would be true of you, if you were a 9 on the forward-looking scale?
4. What have you done to develop your leadership over the last 3 months?
Development requires focused attention and purposeful practice. If you aren’t working at developing your leadership, it’s not happening.
- How much time do you spend reflecting on your leadership practice?
- When are you reflecting on your leadership trajectory?
5. What leadership behaviors are essential for your future success?
6. If you don’t achieve your dreams, what will you have left undone?
7. What value do your strengths bring to the organization?
Bonus: What is your definition of leadership?
- How do you fulfill your own definition of leadership?
- How do you fall below your own definition of leadership? One way to stay humble and connected is to give yourself a job interview.