Imagine you're sitting in a meeting with a group of your colleagues. The door to the conference room opens and in walks someone you've never met before who says, "Hi, I'm your new leader." What questions immediately come to mind that you want to ask this person?

We presented this scenario in the introduction and use it regularly as part of our ongoing leadership research. People have lots of questions they would want to ask, but by far the most frequently asked is: "Who are you?"

People want to know your values and beliefs, what you really care about, and what keeps you awake at night. They want to know who most influenced you, the events that shaped your attitudes, and the experiences that prepared ...

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