The interviewer wants to hear more about your motivation and passion for being an effective leader in the workplace. Describe any type of project or learning experience where you saw an opportunity to lead and took advantage of it. Talk about the success of the project and your biggest takeaway from the experience.
"Our company was discussing a new product launch into the European market. I reached out to the head of the marketing department and asked if I could be the lead product researcher. I stated my case by discussing why I would be the best fit for that opportunity. She agreed and gave me the opportunity to take the lead. The project was a great success which gave me the confidence to speak up again. Next week I will be starting another project where I'll be the lead product researcher."
"I recognized that our team needed a training program to bring others into the work at a quicker rate. I took the initiative to create the training program, playbook and schedule, incorporating all the work we did in a way that people could easily replicate. The team loved having it, and more so, enjoyed having others join us quickly having already been equipped to do the job!"
"I took the lead on a communication project to help pass along pertinent information to 2nd and 3rd shift in a more effective way. We ended up hanging announcement screens throughout the building. The project was success."
Sales answer example
"In my last role, I identified the need for ongoing learning and training, so I founded our weekly lunch-and-learns with a different weekly topic. I worked across departments to feature different guest lecturers and industry experts from our board to better educate the sales team so we would all be more effective in our pitches."
Teacher answer example
"I took the lead by spearheading the development of testing our curriculum. I suggested we write and implement testing of the students' knowledge and helped delegate, compile, and ultimately approve the tests we ended up using. They've proven very effective and we've refined our curriculum and targets because of it."