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My YouTube Playlist for Leadership

This summer I was interviewing for a new job. This was the first time I was interviewing for an engineering manager role. Soon I realized these interviews were wildly different from interviews for developer roles. During typical developer interviews, I solved coding and system design problems and discussed personal aspirations in behavioral interviews. In contrast, leadership interview qeustions were really open-ended. Honestly, I found it very hard to answer these questions concisely. Often I could form a crisp answer to these questions only after the interview had finished :-( Here are some example questions:

  1. What is your management philosophy?
  2. Tell me when you had to deal with uncertainty.
  3. Tell me about when you had to motivate a team even though you personally disagreed with the project.
  4. Tell me when you innovated as a manager.

I did poorly in my first few interviews because how unprepared I was to answer these questions. I got truly frustrated. So, I started looking at YouTube to see how today’s inspiring leaders answer these questions. Here’s a list of YouTube channels that I found to be very resourceful.

  1. David Rubnstein Show: 25 minute very high quality interviews with present and former leaders in business and technology.
  2. View From the Top - Stanford: Hour long interview sessions with renowned leaders.
  3. Technology Enabled Blitzscaling: Hour long interview sessions focusing on technology and startup leadership.

Watching these videos I developed some strategies for concisely answering leadership related questions with authenticity. I’d so love to do a formal research and write up on this topic some time. But for now, here’s the raw data for your enjoyment.

Go ahead and watch!