Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations. – John Seaman Garns
Today’s podcast is an open leadership interview. Let me explain…
In addition to leading Southwest Michigan First, I am also the managing partner of Consultant Connect, an economic development consulting firm. This year, Consultant Connect named its list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers based on peer nominations and a committee review.
All of those economic developers are featured in a weekly podcast titled, From The Ground Up, hosted by Amanda Harrison and Tim Terrentine.
My team tells me that I was nominated for the list, but they didn’t select me…something about bias. But, Amanda thought it would be fun to conduct the Top 50 interview anyways, only with more of a focus on leadership instead of just purely economic development.
Here are the questions I was asked, but you’ll have to take a listen to hear the answers. Keep in mind that these questions might also be great to ask your mentors or the leaders around you at your next lunch or coffee meeting.
Top 50 Interview Questions:
- What’s one thing that everyone should know about you that they might not already know?
- How or when did you know you were first called to leadership?
- Tell us about the team that you’ve built and what sets your organization apart from others?
- What is your favorite thing about leading in this community of Southwest Michigan and what makes it unique?
- For yourself, as a leader, how do you define success?
- What keeps you up at night?
- Can you tell us about one accomplishment with your career or family that you are most proud of?
- What’s one failure that you’ve lived through and what did you learn from it?
- What’s one lesson in leadership that you think everyone else should hear?
- As you look to the future, what do you feel is going to be the most important thing for leaders to focus on?
If you’d like to tune in to From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers podcast, you can subscribe today or find it on iTunes.
Question: How would you answer these questions? Who can you interview to gain additional leadership insight?