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How can we motivate you as a leader?

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

Updated on August 5th, 2018 | 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

Even the most fantastic leader can be in danger of burning out now and then. The interviewer wants to know how they can be an encouragement to you, in turn. It's essential for you to be able to identify and express what keeps you showing up, working hard, and supporting your team.

Your motivation may be that the idea of success and achievement drives you. Perhaps you are working towards career advancement. Take some time to think about what truly motivates you.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I find motivation through words of encouragement and compensation based rewards. For instance, I could compete for a gift card or a contest where I can earn a bigger holiday party budget for my team. Being a leader comes naturally to me, so I don't find it to be a taxing task very often. My competitive side keeps me motivated, as well."

Admin
Answer example

"I am motivated by a company that is ethical and strives to do the right thing. I am at my best when I am trusted and allowed to make decisions to remain on the straight and narrow."

Manager
Answer example

"I am motivated by shout out's to my performance and the overall performance of my team."

Marketing
Answer example

"What motivates me is the potential to continue to grow with a company. I value recognition, especially when it plays a role in taking my career to the next level. I value a company that appreciates me, and all of its employees. Loyalty is rare these days, and it's something I truly value."

Retail
Answer example

"I am a very competitive person and find that what motivates me most is to win; whether that be a sales contest or accolades."

Sales
Answer example

"I'm pretty competitive, and also love praise when it is meaningful. Being in sales, of course, I gain motivation through financial rewards. Tapping into accelerated economic growth based on performance, sprinkled with shout-outs for my hard work."

Teacher
Answer example

"You can motivate me, as an educator, by noticing the great things I do for my students. If a parent calls to mention their child's learning has elevated, I want to hear about it. Kind words of appreciation drive my motivation. I like to know my efforts are making an impact."

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.
First written on: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 08/05/2018

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