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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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What qualities do you feel make a leader successful?

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    What qualities do you feel make a leader successful?

      How to Answer

      A great leader is someone people want to emulate. An inspirational leader will have exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills. Talk to the interviewer about some of the qualities that you admire and value in a leader.

      If you are applying for a management position, discuss the best management qualities that you hold. It's a great idea to draw some ideas from the company's job description, as that document will have many useful keywords you can bring into the conversation.

      Some great management qualities are:

      - Accountable
      - Invested in Culture
      - Positive Mindset
      - Perceptive
      - Approachable
      - Empathetic
      - Honest
      - Patient
      - Decisive

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the best type of person to work for, leads by example at all times. They are approachable, hardworking, and fair. Also, they don't just talk the talk without walking the walk. It is irksome when a leader says that we need to put in the long hours but leaves earlier than everyone else, for instance."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my experience, a leader is only as successful as their investment in their people is strong. A good leader must care for their employees and make sure they are growing to meet expectations. A successful leader will communicate expectations, hold people accountable for achievable goals, and be the shining light that gets everyone fired up to do their best at all times. That means not taking favorites and leading by example at all times."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Leaders walk the talk and set the example. Leaders are the people who help teams grow by setting the goals high, supporting them to achieve those goals, and also holding them accountable for their actions. Leaders don’t make their people comfortable but always raise the bar high enough to grow their teams' capabilities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      The interviewer should be happy to know that great leadership is so important to you. This is a thoughtful answer. Next, try also describing how you embody these qualities in your leadership approach.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I think qualities such as working hard, being a team player, communicating, and being fair, make a leader successful. Leaders should walk with the team towards the goal instead of just giving direction to the team. To be a successful leader, proper communication within the team is vital. Leaders should share the goal and ensure that everyone understands the goal and process to achieve that."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a good general overview of a strong leader; however, I suggest ensuring that you closer emulate wording from Amazon's Leadership Principles. The company's 14 Leadership Principles are laid out so nicely and clearly - it takes just a little bit of work to go that extra mile and show your interviewer that you have spent time learning their culture, values, and beliefs around leadership. For instance, reading through the Amazon principles - you won't hear hard-working, team player, or fair/proper communicator. Instead, they may say, 'ownership,' and 'relentlessly high standards,' and 'leaders listen attentively, speak candidly, and treat others respectfully.'

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