Q: Give an example of a time when you performed duties that were beyond the scope of your job description. How did you handle this experience?
Leadership is about recognizing issues or roadblocks, proposing solutions, and motivating others. Sometimes that means doing extra to help individuals, a team, or an organization.
A couple of years ago, I took on the role of release manager for some projects in addition to my normal job duties as Information Development Manager. It was a need my organization had, and I saw the urgency of the need and volunteered for the role so I could help the project teams and expand my skill set. I ensured that I understood the expectations of the VP in putting me in this role and ran project team meetings, understood and clarified dependencies among teams, and helped define and track the schedule. I enlisted the help of a Senior Director in my organization to mentor me in the areas in which I was less experienced and gained valuable knowledge and relationships in the process. I also regularly volunteer for teams that work on improvements in our organization, such as refining our agile process, clarifying our release cycle deliverables, and improving relationships among functional areas.