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.
"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."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."