How can I test a person has strong leadership skills?
I am looking for a Cofounder that is on an equity sharing basis. How do I know that this person will be a strong leader and is good at execution? Is there a way to test their skills and check whether he/she possesses a growth mindset?
Tell me about people that have helped you to do your best and about how you have helped your friends, family, teammates, and co-workers to do their best.
Identify other aspects of leadership and how the desire to see coworkers do well fits in.
True leadership as opposed to managing is a very difficult 'soft' skill to judge. Is it done by merely asking: how many people have you directly supervised; asking about successful projects; etc,. One way leadership can be determined by the level of past employee engagement. Even this is sort of a crap shoot as whom does one ask for confirmation - past employees, peers, colleagues.
May I suggest some leadership questions:
1. How did you bring people around to your point of view?
2. What is the importance of 'hearing your voice'?
3. How does she/he stay inspired.
4. Are you one of those leaders that cannot succeed because not comfortable with the idea that some people might be smarter than you in some ways?
True leaders have insight about their accomplishments AND their failures. Ask your candidate to describe a situation that was a major issue and did not turn out as they expected. Ask them what they did to turn things around or get beyond the unfavorable results. If they cannot think of any failures or give examples of pseudo failures, they probably have never been tested in the real world.
The first question I have is do you have a set of criteria for the leadership model you want to hire. The most effective leaders have different qualities at various levels in the organization. Regardless of the level, I find the most successful leaders are vision casters, servant leaders, and able to have a history of putting teams together that complement their strengths and address their weaknesses. The best way to find out is to "interview" the people they have worked with and for. This will flush out the characteristics the person has exhibited from real live work situations. Putting people under fire as part of the hiring process can be artificial in terms of seeking the true character of the person you want to hire.
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This is a big decision and there is no exact science. Think of it another way. Who is the best person you ever worked for? Why?
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Not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for, but I came across this article which provides some great questions to test emotional intelligence which is very important in leadership positions. Hope you find it helpful.
There are several tools that may be helpful in answering the questions that you have. To be helpful there are a few questions that I would need answers to first. Is there a way for us to communicate off line?
Measuring Emotional Intelligence is a good way of testing leadership skills. I know of a good and thorough online test that offers a one-to-one feedback session too, for minimal cost. I can put you in touch with the professor who offers this if you would like.
What kind of business are you in? It depends a lot on that. Sevices businesses demand a different kind of leadership when compared to products. Again, are you into "volumes", or "niche" markets?
There are two types of leaders... Bosses and Servants. A boss likes to tell people what to do and leads from the back pushing people in the direction he wants to go (against their will). The Servant cares about others and tries to make sure they are successful by providing all they need and when they are all successful, he then is a success. A good way to test this is to either take him/her to lunch and see how they respond to waitresses and others who can do nothing to them or for them. Otherwise, ask question questions about what charities he is involved with, what he thinks of the homeless situation, how he helps underlings move up the latter and so forth.
Mr Harsh, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. Understanding his Role and fast on the uptake for Execution. So his Knowledge, skills, attitude and Habits are to be observed, not micro managed. As a CO FOUNDER, he needs to have his antennas up to be aware about what is happening in the world and be a Visionary Leader, be a futuristic thinker and a good Strategist. A good human being who has faith in his people. FLORENCE MACDONALD
Lots of interesting and insightful answers. But if we were to turn your question around slightly ... Why would they want to partner with you ? What special skills are you going to bring to the party?
Leadership is a bit like art- you can "feel" it when it is right "for you"
There are available very sophisticated assessments that can give you a great deal of insight as to the candidate's style, drivers, normal & stress behaviors. Full disclosure I am certified to administer one known as The Birkman. At the risk of sounding self-promotional, I believe it is an absolute necessity to execute one of these during due diligence for filling such an important position to both the company & yourself.
Give them something new and simple to do and see if they use their intelligence and ask questions. Then you will learn how they think and act and make a decision accordingly.
Hi! Have you created an Assessment form? A Questionnaire? To assist you in doing this?
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams
The best & safest way to find the right person & match is to have them take an impartial assessment once you feel comfortable with them personally. You can see what I am talking about at www.thegabrielinstitute.com
The answer to their assessment will guarantee you have found the right person.
It is a big issue but you can make out while interviewing him with 50% while the rest 50% can be through testing the person by work for short period commanding the team a long with the company targets , acheiving targets . otherwise not .
you give him a situation and ask him to confront it. and if the person accept the challenge and confront it then it is possible that the person can take the lead.