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How can we motivate you as a leader?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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 an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 08/05/2018

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