If the position you are interviewing for requires leadership skills, you need to come prepared with examples of when you have been an effective leader.
If this is an entry-level role without a leadership component, the interviewer simply wants to see that you can take initiative when there is opportunity. What type of keywords best describe your leadership style?
"In previous employer reviews I have had my leadership style described as attentive, open, and confident. I will always listen to my team and give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their performance. An example of this would be with my current sales team. When one of my team members is not hitting their quota, that is when I will step in and begin coaching. I want to believe they are capable in their job unless they show me otherwise. This type of leadership has worked well with my team and we are the #1 sales team in our region."
"My leadership skills can be described as creative, open, and encouraging. I always do what I can to foster an environment that is conducive to the learning and growth of my employees. I find that by leading this way, I retain staff much longer and productivity goes up."
"I am an open-door kind of leader. I give my subordinates the space and freedom to complete their work, but my door is always open for guidance and advice."
Sales answer example
"I feel I have an open, enthusiastic style of leadership. To me, a leader wants to nurture others to their fullest potential, and it is something I have enjoyed since childhood. I love to be seen as an example to follow and help guide others to bettering themselves and their careers. I've found that my teammates aren't afraid to bring me their questions or mess-ups, since they aren't afraid of repercussions, but rather know we will collaborate to figure it out and learn from it together."
Retail answer example
"I really think of myself as a coach- I am there to help my team grow, and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses that I need to identify, help them identify, and make a plan to bring them to the best version of themselves. Every employee learns and grows differently, so I really try to understand their needs, what motivates them, and how they like to be taught in order to be the most effective I can be."
Teacher answer example
"As a teacher, I'm always leading or looking to inspire leadership in my students. In addition, I have been part of a mentorship program since a first year teacher: as one receiving mentorship and after my third year, as a mentor myself. In addition, I am one of the curriculum developers in my current position."
Marketing answer example
"I feel as though I'm a lead by example type leader. I always strive to do the right thing and hope others will follow. Since I've not yet been in a marketing management position, I feel this is the best way to demonstrate my humility but hardworking nature and hope others will be inspired to follow suit."