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Describe your leadership skills.

This question has been answered 17 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
If the position you are interviewing for requires leadership skills, you need to come prepared with examples of when you have been an active leader. If this is an entry-level role without a leadership component, the interviewer just wants to see that you can take the initiative when there is an opportunity.

3D Animator answer example
"I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I really wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you just have to keep your eyes open!"
Academic Advisor answer example
"I have taken many workshops and courses to improve my leadership skills over the years. My leadership qualities are best summed as dedicated, attentive, and motivating. I like to recognize my students' small wins because that motivates them to continue achieving."
Admin answer example
"As director of administration, I am an open-door kind of leader. I give the junior account administrators space and freedom to complete their work, but my door is always open for guidance and advice."
Admissions Counselor answer example
"I have taken many workshops and courses to improve my leadership skills over the years. My leadership qualities are best summed as dedicated, attentive, and motivating. I like to recognize my students' small wins because that motivates them to continue achieving."
Air Traffic Controllers answer example
"I have taken many workshops and courses to improve my leadership skills over the years. My leadership qualities are best summed as dedicated, attentive, and motivating. I like to recognize my employees' small wins because that motivates them to continue achieving."
Assistant Manager answer example
"Some great qualities of a leader are: - Being someone who people naturally want to follow - Exceptional interpersonal skills - Strong relationship building skills - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes - Excelling at motivating others - Providing kudos to your team - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team - Having a vision for the future These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with? We recommend picking about 5 qualities, and feel free to think beyond this list. Tell the interviewer your 5 things, and share your perspective on why you feel you have the quality. For example, you may state, "I feel that I am good at motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team in the company for the year!"
Basic 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 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."
Clinical Nurse Specialist answer example
"I have taken many workshops and courses to improve my leadership skills over the years. My leadership qualities are best summed as dedicated, attentive, and motivating. I like to recognize the nurses on my team by celebrating small wins. That motivates them to continue achieving."
Facility Manager answer example
"Some great qualities of a leader are: - Being someone who people naturally want to follow - Exceptional interpersonal skills - Strong relationship building skills - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes - Excelling at motivating others - Providing kudos to your team - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team - Having a vision for the future These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with? We recommend picking about 5 qualities, and feel free to think beyond this list. Tell the interviewer your 5 things, and share your perspective on why you feel you have the quality. For example, you may state, "I feel that I am good at motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team in the company for the year!"
Lifestyle Director answer example
"Some great qualities of a leader are: - Being someone who people naturally want to follow - Exceptional interpersonal skills - Strong relationship building skills - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes - Excelling at motivating others - Providing kudos to your team - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team - Having a vision for the future These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with? We recommend picking about 5 qualities, and feel free to think beyond this list. Tell the interviewer your 5 things, and share your perspective on why you feel you have the quality. For example, you may state, "I feel that I am good at motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team in the company for the year!"
Manager answer example
"I feel that I am strongest when it comes to motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team of the year! I am also strong in the area of showing my team the big picture, and gaining buy-in from them."
Marketing Manager answer example
"Some great qualities of a leader are: - Being someone who people naturally want to follow - Exceptional interpersonal skills - Strong relationship building skills - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes - Excelling at motivating others - Providing kudos to your team - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team - Having a vision for the future These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with? We recommend picking about 5 qualities, and feel free to think beyond this list. Tell the interviewer your 5 things, and share your perspective on why you feel you have the quality. For example, you may state, "I feel that I am good at motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team in the company for the year!"
Online Merchandiser answer example
"Some great qualities of a leader are: - Being someone who people naturally want to follow - Exceptional interpersonal skills - Strong relationship building skills - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes - Excelling at motivating others - Providing kudos to your team - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team - Having a vision for the future These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with? We recommend picking about 5 qualities, and feel free to think beyond this list. Tell the interviewer your 5 things, and share your perspective on why you feel you have the quality. For example, you may state, "I feel that I am good at motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team in the company for the year!"
Retail answer example
"I think of myself as a coach. I am there to help my retail sales reps grow. They all have their strengths and weaknesses that I need help them identify, and make a joint plan to bring them to the best version of themselves. Every employee learns differently, so I try to understand their needs, what motivates them, and how they like to learn."
Sales answer example
"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."
Statistician answer example
"Some great qualities of a leader are: - Being someone who people naturally want to follow - Exceptional interpersonal skills - Strong relationship building skills - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes - Excelling at motivating others - Providing kudos to your team - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team - Having a vision for the future These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with? We recommend picking about 5 qualities, and feel free to think beyond this list. Tell the interviewer your 5 things, and share your perspective on why you feel you have the quality. For example, you may state, "I feel that I am good at motivating a team. Last year, I motivated my sales team every day, and we ended up being the top sales team in the company for the year!"
Teacher answer example
"As a teacher, I'm always looking to inspire leadership in my students. Also, I have been part of a mentorship program since my first year as an educator. I am one of the curriculum developers in my current position as well."

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Describe your leadership skills.
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What is not in the care plan.
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Inclusive, democratic. When all colleagues are capable and autonomous.
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My leadership skills are good I was a supervisor and a group leader and a job trainer, the only time I would not want the lead if its a job I didn’t know, but if I’ve been doing the job for a good length of time I would have no problem being lead.
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I am having no problems when I got job as I enjoy very much in the skill of leadership therefore where I was not get job therefore I will not be a leader.
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My leader ship qualities were helping others it teaches me very wel about in the future as I am working the organisation if not which and what can makes me a nothing instead of society change\
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My leadership skills are quite weak however I enjoy being a leader in situations I am familiar with and I would rather not be a leader in situations I haven't seen before.
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If someone is hot, I like to lead, if not I will let someone else go first.
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Good mentors developed no of national auditors now leading in various org.
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When a company asks me to take up responsibility in fulfilling the needs.
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I like leadership and I have some leader ship qualities.
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I'm usually a follower. I volunteer at church.
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When I can be in charge, music group, lunch line.
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I usually enjoy being a leader on most projects whenever there is no direction provided. the situations where I prefer not leading is when there are no levied requirements or no clear goals that have been established.
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I enjoy helping others learn. I like new projects. I wouldn't like to lead a downsizing.
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My ability to communicate fairly with people make me a good leader. Being able to share my knowledge to help others improve also make me a good leader.I would not care to lead any individuals who were not willing to pull their own weight. I have little tolerance on individuals who just want to collect a check.
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I often bring out my leadership skills when something has to be done right.
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I've led a prospective group through a tour at the Children's Clinics. I enjoy being a leader when I am confident in what I am delegating and know my role well.
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I would lead no matter what is the situation. I am flexible and can motivate my emplouees in tough times.
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I like to be a leader in most of the thing people dont need a leader when all the things are going on smoothly they need a leader when the situation is about to go bad.
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I would love to do that in all situations.
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I enjoy leading teams that are participative and contribute to the success of the team rather than situations where ideas originate from myself only as the leader. I seek to discover the gifts of different team players and to allow them thrive in those areas while addressing weak areas that are critical to the success of their work.
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Good leader who helps keep people focused. I enjoy being a leader when we have similar interests and a common goal and dislike leading groups with radically different people.
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I used to be a Co-coordinator for S.N.D.A club at Fresno State. I provided people as much information as possible about nutrition, monthly cancer awareness and any general health topics. I tried to provide helpful and practical tips related to their daily lifestyles. I helped my Coordinator brainstormed about our weekly events and helped influenced our student community to eat a healthier meal.
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Ive learned a lot about leadership from being a representative for my high schools French Club. Some of the main qualities I possess are the ability to plan, organize and execute ideas.
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Determination, Ambition, and communication.
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Integrity, Passion, Authority, Fairness, focus, inspiration.
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I like to encourage a positive work environment.
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Honesty, Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Creativity.
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I am able to make suggestion and persuade my peers to agree with them and go along with what I suggest.
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While at Kaplan, I assisted a military spouse who had received her high school diploma from the UK. She did not have a copy of her high school credentials nor did her school still have her records. In order to attain her high school credentials, I emailed the Head Master of the school to request a formal letter stating that the student had indeed attended the school and when she had done so. Thankfully the Head Master was cooperative and sent the letter from the UK with a notarized signature to fulfill the admissions requirement.
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Student with disabilities. Parent phoned me in tears. The Deot that helps Students with disabilities, basically said you might as well face the fact your son will just work for McDonald's. Disgusted I said tell your son to come see me. He has asberger syndrome. Amazing. He lacked confidence, I would go with him to make introductions to other depts (financial aid, CSD faculty) Throughout his schooling I advised him about reducing course load a bit to make it easier, I'd read his thesis or just offer encouragement. He completed his course in 3 years, not two but went on to get his degree at a collaborative university. He and his family took me out for lunch and invited me to his graduation which I wouldn't have missed for the world.

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