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Describe your leadership skills.

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on October 7th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

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 wants to see that you can take the initiative when there is an opportunity.

Professional Answer Examples
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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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 hardworking nature. I hope others will be inspired to follow suit."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

Pharmacy Technician
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"In my current position, I am one of the lead techs for training new employees in our department. As part of my training with new techs, I walk them through the training on policies and procedures in the department as well as the day to day duties we provide. I lead and train using great communication skills and leading by example."

Physical Therapist
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"With my style of leadership, I include the whole team in decision making and provide tools to get the job done. I know that tailoring my leadership to each individual is important as people prefer to be led in different manners."

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"During my Fellowship, I had a really amazing leader. She was thoughtful, attentive, and thorough. I believe these qualities are what made her team want to listen, and learn, from her. I always told myself that when I am in a leadership function, I would try to emulate those qualities as well."

Online Merchandiser
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"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!"

Youth Worker
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"I strive to be a role model for my coworkers and my kids. When I led expeditions at Outward Bound, I was encouraging and motivating to help those around me. Whenever we faced obstacles, I was reliable and resourceful, always problem-solving and thinking positively."

Clinical Nurse Specialist
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"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."

Academic Advisor
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"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."

Medical Manager
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"I think it is really important to educate employees, especially those new to healthcare, about patient privacy and the laws that protect our patient information. I believe that knowing all of the facts and gathering all available information is essential before pursuing some kind of reprimand against an employee. I would get a statement from the patient stating what part of his information was compromised and then investigate the accusation by talking to the employee and seeing what documentation he/she can present that will show what information was provided, what the purpose of sharing was, and to whom the information was revealed. After gathering all of the facts, I could then make a judgment as to whether or not the accusation is verifiable and whether or not a reprimand is necessary."

3D Animator
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"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!"

Management Analyst
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"I have a very flexible leadership style. Some people respond better to patience and compassion, while others may need that hard-line pressure. I always take stock of the person and identify what their core motivations are. I lead individuals that form a team, not a team made up of members. I once led a team of three. We were brought in to assess the management style of a small consulting firm that was experiencing enormous employee turnover rates. I had one team member who specialized in talent acquisition, one in management and leadership, and myself."

Air Traffic Controllers
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"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."

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"I have not had the opportunity to serve in a leadership role. I'm confident that my knowledge and 5 years of experience have prepared me to step up and take the lead."

Senior Accountant
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"I am a natural leader and I really do enjoy being a leader. I have taken on multiple projects in my current role. Most recently, I was leading a team of 12 junior accountants. The feedback on the project was strong and I felt that the accountants working under me in this project received my guidance openly."

Health Information Technician
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Production Director
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"I find that my best leadership skills are that I am understanding yet demanding. I try to push my team to do the best work they can, and understanding when things do not go perfectly right, but I also push them to do better next time and get them excited to succeed."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/08/2015
Last modified on: 10/07/2019

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Describe your leadership skills.
I often bring out my leadership skills when something has to be done right.
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.
I like leadership and I have some leader ship qualities.
I would lead no matter what is the situation. I am flexible and can motivate my emplouees in tough times.
If someone is hot, I like to lead, if not I will let someone else go first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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\
I would love to do that in all situations.
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.
When I can be in charge, music group, lunch line.
When a company asks me to take up responsibility in fulfilling the needs.
Good mentors developed no of national auditors now leading in various org.
I enjoy helping others learn. I like new projects. I wouldn't like to lead a downsizing.
Inclusive, democratic. When all colleagues are capable and autonomous.
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.
I'm usually a follower. I volunteer at church.
What is not in the care plan.
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