I love to ask hiring managers about their leadership style.
I love to be interviewed. At some time during the interview, I am normally given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of an interview. If not, I go ahead and ask to ask a question. (Side note: It is very important to ask your interviewer questions.)
One of my favorite questions to ask, especially if I am speaking with someone who could potentially be my manager is: How would you describe your leadership style?
First, I like to see how they react to this question. If they are taken aback or try to skirt the question, then that could be a red flag depending on how the interview has gone.
Second, when they do answer the question, it gives me some insight into how they think.
Actions speak louder than words, of course.
A good followup question to this would be to present them with a difficult managerial scenario to see how they would handle the situation.
Even better, if given the opportunity, is to speak with other people on their team, their subordinates/my would-be peers. Ask them how the manager is. If they are hesitant to answer, it could be a red flag as well.
Overall, I enjoy asking questions when being interviewed myself. I appreciate the answers and the interviewer normally appreciates the question because I was thoughtful enough to answer it.
I love to ask hiring managers about their leadership style!