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.
"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."
"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."
"I am motivated by shout out's to my performance and the overall performance of my team."
"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."
"I am a very competitive person and find that what motivates me most is to win; whether that be a sales contest or accolades."
"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."
"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."