By now you all know I am a collaborative leader. I trust my teams and help them take ownership. I feel all the decisions should be made by the team. My job is to own the decision making process: to make sure the team makes the decision but NOT make it.
Many people ask me how to find the best people. I follow the guidelines from Dee Hock:
Hire and fire first on the basis of integrity, second, motivation, third, capacity, fourth, understanding, fifth, knowledge, last and least, experience. So often we seem to get this backwards. How is that working out for you?
Many people ask me what questions I would ask to interview for Integrity. I ask the following:
- How do you define integrity?
- What is the difference between integrity and ethics?
- How do you define trust?
- Can you ever trust someone who has broken your trust? Why?
- What would you do if your boss asks you to compromise your integrity? Has this ever happened to you?
- How do you define compassion? What part does this play in leadership?
Well, I have many more but these are a start. Yes, there are no correct answers. Watch to see if people begin the “interview dance” where they begin to search for what you want to hear. Listen for the ring of authenticity.