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Interview questions for a woman leader

I am writing an assignment on women in leadership and I have had a difficult time locating a female leader with time to complete these interview questions. There are 15 questions.

If you are a women responsible for leading a company or people I would greatly appreciate if you could respond to these questions with your experiences.

If you prefer to remain anonymous let me know and I will not include your name in my assignment.

Questions:

1) When did you step into your leadership role?

2) How would you describe the organization that you work in? Please include information about the size of the organization, how many members are on the executive team, number of people you directly supervise, etc.

3) How would you describe the culture of the organization?

4) As the leader, what were your responsibilities?

5) How have these responsibilities changed over time?

6) How would you describe your leadership style?

7) In your opinion, what is the most important characteristic, trait, behavior, and/or skill a leader can possess?

8) In your opinion, what makes an effective leader? And an ineffective leader?

9) If applicable, please describe a former leader of yours who has been a positive influence on your leadership style. Why were you influenced by them?

10) As a women leader, have you experienced any difficulties leading? Are there any gender biases you've noticed within the organization or in the community? Have you had any barriers, including but not limited to; prejudices, stereotypes, preconceptions, lack of support, etc. that have limited your progress?

11) Describe the steps you've taken to get into a leadership position.

12) What has been your biggest challenge as a leader?

13) What has been your greatest achievement as a leader?

14) From your experiences as leader, what advice would you give to an emerging woman leader?

15) Is there anything else you would like to share that hasn't been addressed in the interview?

Thank you!

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Here you go. Please omit my name.

1) When did you step into your leadership role?

Twenty to twenty-five years ago, I first became a leader. Initially I was running a small buying department, then buying/merchandising/advertising, and eventually, the formerly mentioned departments plus distribution and transportation.

2) How would you describe the organization that you work in? Please include information about the size of the organization, how many members are on the executive team, number of people you directly supervise, etc.

The organization was a chain of 100+ small food stores that offered gasoline and groceries at better prices than large stores. It was one of the top ten employers in the area. There were seven people on the executive team (CEO, CFO, CIO, HR, Head of Accounting, Construction & Repair and myself). I directly supervised eight people, with a staff of 100 plus people at the next level.

3) How would you describe the culture of the organization?

The CEO was very entrepreneurial. He was a forward thinker, often giving us a vision, which we needed to achieve. It was up to us as executives to craft the finer details and execute the program successfully.

4) As the leader, what were your responsibilities?

Director of Marketing, Merchandising, Distribution and Corporate Events,
- Directed the marketing and merchandising department, which included advertising, product development, and packaging.
- Negotiated with domestic and international vendors.
- Event planner for on-premise and off-site events.
- Supervised operation of transportation and distribution center servicing over 700 accounts.
- Eight direct reports and an ancillary sub staff of 100 plus.

5) How have these responsibilities ...

Solution Summary

This detailed solution answers 15 leadership questions about being a woman leader, the challenges and opportunities one faces.

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