Do you want to walk away from your job interview feeling like this?
Here's how to ace one of the trickiest interview questions:
"Should a leader be feared or liked?"
Why Ask This Question?
The interviewer is trying to:
determine the kind of environment you respond to best
ensure you will fit into their team
gauge how you view your supervisors
Which Option Do You Choose?
Favoring only a frightening manager or a fun manager is a trick because neither option is ideal!
Harsh Leaders = Bad Morale
Overly Nice Leaders = Pushover
Choose the secret third option: a leader should be respected. A respected leader knows when to be stern but can also relate to their staff and provide a safe and supportive working environment .
Tips On How To Respond
How to respond:
💡 Tip 1: Focus on a leader who takes a balanced approach between feared and liked.
💡 Tip 2: Keep your response positive and to the point.
💡 Tip 3: Draw on past experiences from a leader you respected.
💡 Tip 4: Review the company's mission statement/goals to create an answer that is truthful and aligns with the company .
How not to respond:
💡 Tip 1: Don't choose a side! Avoid saying that you think leaders should only be feared or only liked.
💡 Tip 2: Avoid answering negatively or speaking poorly about previous leaders you experienced.
Dan was interviewing for a nursing role at a hospital. His response:
"The emergency department can become hectic quickly. Being disorganized as a team can have an effect on the patients. Therefore, a leader should strive to run an organized environment, while ensuring they do not demand or undervalue their team members. Ultimately, I respect leaders who can support their staff, while being fair and understanding."
Alexis was interviewing to be the manager of a salon. Her response:
"It is vital to me that I remain approachable and that the team feels comfortable to bring forth their concerns, but I also recognize that I will have to make unpopular decisions. I strive to be a leader that my team can rely on to make decisions that are good for both them and the company."