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Top 20 Leadership Interview Questions
Question 1 of 21
If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
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List of Leadership Interview Questions
  1. If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
  2. When are your leadership skills the most effective?
  3. How can we motivate you, as a leader?
  4. Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change, in one of your past roles?
  5. Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
  6. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  7. Tell me about a time when you led a difficult project. What was the outcome?
  8. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
  9. Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
  10. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
  11. What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?
  12. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  13. Tell me about a time when you tried to encourage a fellow team member. Was the encouragement well received?
  14. Tell me about your leadership qualities.
  15. Have you ever had to give an employee a poor performance review? How did you feel about that responsibility?
  16. Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?
  17. Tell me about a time when you took charge of a situation but the outcome was disappointing?
  18. When have you had to lead by example?
  19. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
  20. Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?
  21. What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
Authors:
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Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
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Rachelle Enns
Recruiter
 
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Question 1 of 21
If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
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I always prefer to observe the every day activity within an organization before making significant changes. I plan to make an impact quickly; however, I don't want to jump the gun and make costly mistakes.
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I don't believe I would change anything immediately. I think it is important for me to learn your processes and procedures and why they are in place prior to me trying to impart my ways.
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I don't know if what changes need to be made but if some need to be made I will try to find the best way to change it.
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I would analyze the metrics set forth by the pharma company and determine if there is a potential for improvement. If there is, I would explore what improvement process would be the best, then execute that PI plan.
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I wold like to see more time to coach the partners that are struggling in areas I would also like to see more staff.
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I would not make any immediate changes in the beginning. I would like a chance to review the current process and make small changes if needed.
Question 2 of 21
When are your leadership skills the most effective?
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My leadership skills are most effective when my team is engaged and happy. I spend a lot of time making sure that my team of staff are happy, confident, and invested in their jobs.
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My leadership skills are most effective when I have the support and encouragement of my superior and am given trust to complete the tasks set before me.
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When I allow others to have a voice or when delivering a clear and concise message about any changes.
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When I'm positive outgoing and hitting my.
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Working with team memmers.
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At the start of a shift. Ensuring the staff have a clear direction on what they are doing for the day.
Question 3 of 21
How can we motivate you, as a leader?
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I am a very competitive personality and find that what motivates me most is to win; whether that be a sales contest or accolades.
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Question 4 of 21
Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change, in one of your past roles?
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I made a suggestion last year that we install a higher quality coffee machine in our office rather than continue to purchase the disposable coffee pods. We calculated that the savings would be about $12,000 per year plus the positive environmental impact.
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Question 5 of 21
Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
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I really love to motivate my employees through sales contests. Through communicating in an engaging and motivating way, I feel that their sales performance is better than ever before.
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Question 6 of 21
Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
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I do not have formal experience in training or coaching employees; however, I have been an informal leader for our team primarily when my boss is away for the day.
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Question 7 of 21
Tell me about a time when you led a difficult project. What was the outcome?
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Every project has its challenges but the most difficult project I led recently was our location's annual inventory count. It's a long day with a lot of moving parts but we were able to complete it all in time and with a proper count.
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Question 8 of 21
When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
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In my current position, every time my current manager is away, I take on the role of leader for our team. This is usually one day per week. When you call him for a reference he will be able to tell you that I have naturally stepped into the responsibilities associated with being a leader.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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I demonstrated leadership abilities when leading my student worker teams.
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Everyday as a manager at Rue21. Associates' attitudes reflect on my attitude.
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I consistently demonstrate leadership abilities as I believe that a leader is someone who respects others, offers praise, is accountable, and is viewed as a member of the team.
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While deciding who should b assigned what duties.. Who can excel in which field.
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I believe I demonstrate leadership abilities daily, with daily interactions with everyone I come in contact with.
Question 9 of 21
Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
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I like to make a positive impact on the lives of others. By being a positive leader, I can influence the thought patterns of my employees.
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Question 10 of 21
Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
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I demonstrate leadership ability on a daily basis by effectively managing my projects and clients independently. It shows that I am able to take the lead on a project without having my hand held.
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Question 11 of 21
What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?
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The toughest challenge when taking on a new leadership role is to fully understand the dynamics of the team. You want to make a great first impression while still being effective right off the bat. It's a fine balance!
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I must to iprove myself and let the other trust in any desegion I will take take it.
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Trying to find employees that have the passion that I do.
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I think my changllege will be to get to know the staff better.
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Getting the buy in, finding the right stakeholders.
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Balancing the upper management big picture visions with the floor staffing time management.
Question 12 of 21
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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I have always been a great leader and I thoroughly enjoy being a team lead. I have been in a leadership role for the past 8 years.
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I do believe I am a strong leader in my organization. I have led a team on many occasions personally and professionally, in business, community as well as sports venues.
2.
Yes, As I stated earlier, I have led several multidisciplinary subcommittees toward the ultimate goal of program certification. Not to mention I was the nurse manager of 80+ employees and was in responsible for staffing, employee issues, patient issues, and employee health.
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Of course I do I will let the team my entire life almost.
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Yes, always from last 26 years leading good team.
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I do. I have led teams all my life. I was cheer Captain in College, President of a Student club in high school called Best Buddies, Student Ministries Coordinator in high school, children's Director in multiple churches and Recruitment Coordinator right out of college. Although I have led many teams, most often I moved into positions naturally, without trying to push my way to the top.
Question 13 of 21
Tell me about a time when you tried to encourage a fellow team member. Was the encouragement well received?
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We had a newer sales member on our team who wasn't reaching his targets at first. I took him under my wing and encouraged his efforts, gave him some tips, and provided guidance anytime he needed it. After 3 months he was surpassing his sales targets!
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Team member was having skill issue, gave him enough training and gave him full encouragement. Encouragement was received in positive way and the result was perfect.
2.
I had a co worker who needed a lot of encouragement when students chose not to attend our university. She was an allumni and felt offended when they didn't see our school as the right choice. I was able to encourage and motivate her by explaining reasons why it was a benefit that the student hadn't chose our university. When she was able to see the benefits and how they outweighed the decision the student had made, she was encouraged.
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I would explain the task, show how the task would be easier done a certain way by hands on demosration which should encourage them to do well.
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I am always honest when providing feedback and I am able to have crucial conversations in a non-threatening but encouraging format.
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They were very negative so I can turn that frown upside down and made them smile and told them just because were out of the product doesn't mean we shouldn't recommend another project.
Question 14 of 21
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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I possess great leadership qualities that include diligence, tenacity, and open communication. I look forward to taking these skills to work for you!
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Organization, communicates well, I ask lots of questions to make sure I understand the circumstance and then I responds to the issue with a professional attitude not letting my personal feeling guide me in my decision making, prompt and professionalism.
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Befriend the staff and can encourage working as a team.
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I am dependable, hard worker, pro-active, good listener, organized, lead by example, and develop relationships easily where people are comfortable coming to me with concerns and seeking advice. I like to take action and help others. People know that when they come to me, I will do my best to get them answers. I am not afraid to try new things and know that I will make mistakes. I am okay with admitting when I am wrong. These only strengthen my resolve to improve.
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Clear communications, encouraging and involvement in assignments.
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A leader is one who can lead.. Listen to his team.. There grievances.. Appreciate their efforts encourage them be an ideal for them.
Question 15 of 21
Have you ever had to give an employee a poor performance review? How did you feel about that responsibility?
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Yes, I have had to give unflattering employee reviews to my team before. It is a task that I do no love doing but can absolutely do it.
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I had to give an employee a poor performance when they did not follow the procedures and it cost the department.
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One employee had will issue in performing so had to give him about is poor performance review, made him understand to improve on it. He understood the information and improved his performance.
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I had a student worker who was late to work almost every day. She had a lot of health issues and family problems, but her work ethic suffered and became worse over time. I had to have a difficult discussion with her about being late regardless of situations at home. I am an empathetic person and felt bad, but knew that our university was being affected by her lack of effort.
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I generally will give a poor performance review if the employee has demonstrated that they deserve this. For instance, as a nurse manager, I would review the overall performance, then I would look to see if they had any coaching sessions and determine from there if they either made improvements or it needed to be addressed in the performance review.
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When they're constantly late with a bad attitude.
Question 16 of 21
Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?
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I have taught many individuals on the job, as it's always been a part of my leadership role to mentor and train new and existing employees.
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I tought new hire at the reception how to greet guests when they come .. How to see off them as their well wisher.
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I teach employees skills and knowledge daily. On new assignments and old processes.
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When ever we get new joiners I do teach them the important sills in work place.
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My job as the Recruitment Coordinator was training my student workers in customer service, Tele-communication, and our university system with process improvement.
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Yes, as a stroke program coordinator, I have administered various forms of education to staff. Whether this education was in the formal classroom setting or more informal one-on-one sessions.
Question 17 of 21
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a situation but the outcome was disappointing?
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I took control of our company's most recent hiring fair, in the absence of our HR Manager, as she was on maternity leave. It was not as successful as previous hiring fairs and, despite my best efforts, I didn't see the results that I was hoping. I will continue to learn the recruiting field and won't give up despite this disappointment.
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Tasked with a project for the entire corporation, a large collaborative effort was needed to complete the project. At the halfway point of the project it was decided that the corporation was no longer going to move in that direction and instead were going to change efforts. The work that had been done prior was simply discarded. It was disappointing that the project was dropped, but was hopeful that sometime in the future it can be resurrected and completed.
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Arranged a party function for kids .. A magic show but kids were more interested in games and pool.
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Unfortunately never happened.
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I took on the responsibility of organizing a group of ladies to serve as hostesses. My communication was not effective with all members in the group. I learn from the experience to make sure that each part of the team, had clear understanding on their roles.
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I recently wrote a business plan for the development of the neuroscience service line complete with power point for presentation and the plan was declined by the senior leadership team on the basis on recent merger.
Question 18 of 21
When have you had to lead by example?
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I was a plant manager for Company XYZ when they announced they were closing their doors. By not allowing myself to be led by my frustration, I was able to retain 89% of my staff during the transition. I feel that my positive attitude really helped others to feel hopeful.
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My manager had to leave early .. There was a corporate event .. I had to greet and welcome foreign guests and delegates.
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During an instance of low morale within my division, I took the lead on identifying the ways in which to improve our conditions immediately and what the overall decisions would do for our ability to boost morale and move forward positively.
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Out come was slow and steady ended up perfect.
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I volunteered to be the presiding officer during a district meeting in a volunteer organization that I'm a member of. The result were rewarding, I received several compliments on how well I followed protocol in organizing and conducting the meeting. This was my first experience presiding on a large scale.
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This is my mantra. I believe that we should never ask someone to do something that we are not willing to do ourselves.
Question 19 of 21
Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
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Every month I have a meeting with all team members to talk about our plan for the month and how we will delegate the work. It's a great strategy for us and everyone starts the month with laid out expectations.
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I have been a project lead many times on events and activities. Although I am the lead, I know there are others that are better at certain tasks necessary to complete the project/organize the event. So I reach out to them and ask them for their assistance and expertise to create the best outcome we can have.
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From the time I was given the opportunity to lead a group of people.
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Leading 5 different sub committees to achieve a certification is one that requires input from several contributing parties. I generally chose the individuals who I feel would best complete the task in the specified timeline.
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I find the task that is most appropriate for the employee who has the skill set to form that I find the task that is most appropriate for the employee who has the skill set to form that task.
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In order to plan events, complete our call lists, or give all the tours we had on campus, I had to delegate tasks daily. I truly believe in raising leaders within a team to grow. I think delegating is a way to empower the workers you have.
Question 20 of 21
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?
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Just last week my boss had a personal emergency and could not make it in time for our monthly staff meeting. Everyone was already gathered and so he called to ask me to take control of the meeting. I feel that I did a great job relaying the information and my boss was thankful for the way that I was able to step in.
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Held meeting regarding a theme party.. It was excellent.
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I have facilitated meetings quite frequently. When those opportunities arise, I begin with an agenda of specific items to be discussed and timelines for each. I have also reached out to the group involved in the meeting to see if there are any concerns they may feel important to include. This helps meetings to result in efficiency and effectiveness to accomplish the objective for the meeting.
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Outcome was good and encouraging. Charge has to be taken when my fellow mate met with accident,
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Again, leading several subcommittees, I have led these committee meetings with respect for others time by keeping the group focused on the topic at hand. I begin and end the meetings promptly while allowing adequate time for discussion.
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A sales meeting just getting everyone amped up showing them what they make and what they could make and how I benefit of a positive attitude changed everything.
Question 21 of 21
What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
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The most challenging aspect of being a leader, in my opinion, are managing the large variety of personalities. It takes some time to get to know everyone but I am confident that I can do it.
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Transforming people with all different backgrounds, opinions, ethics, and ideas into a team and creating an environment where they work well as a collective group and team.
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Making everyone happy. Some decisions are made because that is what is best for the organization. However, I always provide clarification on why the decision was made and set clear expectations for performance.
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Again finding people who have the same passion as I do.
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Being attentive to all of their specific needs such as shyness or stress levels.
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Using phones at work place nowadays every one have phone and emails and they are in social media they ignore work and attention on phone you need to give them challanges to avoid phones.
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