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Tell me about your leadership qualities.

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

Updated on February 17th, 2019 | 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

The interviewer would like to know what you consider to be strong leadership qualities. When describing leadership qualities, try to avoid general terms and give some unique ideas.

A great leader is someone who people naturally want to follow. They have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with nearly any personality type. A respected leader will take ownership of their mistakes and will always lead their team by example. True leaders see the importance of motivating others and recognizing even the smallest achievements.

To which of these qualities do you most identify?

- Confident
- Optimistic
- Encouraging
- Accountable
- Engaged
- Passionate
- Integrous
- Loyal
- Charismatic

Professional Answer Examples
Admin
Answer example

"I possess great leadership qualities that include diligence, tenacity, and open communication. I look forward to taking these skills to work for you!"

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"I believe I lead effectively by showing others respect regardless of their position or title, creating an open environment in which everyone knows that ideas are welcome, and setting achievable but high expectations for myself and the teams that I work on."

Retail
Answer example

"My leadership qualities are communication, drive and mentoring. I naturally seek out the best in people, then help them increase their performance."

Sales
Answer example

"To me, a leader is someone who is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, adaptable, and open. 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."

Teacher
Answer example

"I lead my students by being passionate and charismatic towards new learning concepts. I encourage exploration and let them know that it's okay to make a mistake while learning new concepts."

Dental Assistant
Answer example

"I haven't had the opportunity to be in a leadership position in a clinic yet, but I have been a volunteer supervisor for an organization I volunteer with every weekend. I would describe myself as a motivating, and organized leader."

Anesthesiologist
Answer example

"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 support staff's small wins because that motivates them to continue achieving."

High School Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Animal Control Workers
Answer example

"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."

Court Clerk
Answer example

"At my current position I serve as a mentor to a junior court clerk. I'm able to help him along in his career, provide advice, give on-the-job training and allow him to assist me in cases to gain more experience."

FBI
Answer example

"As a leader, I am knowledgeable, adaptable, and open. My desire to nurture others to their fullest potential is strong. I strive to be an example to follow and enjoy helping guide others to bettering themselves and their careers."

Marketing Communications Manager
Answer example

"I believe I lead effectively by showing others respect regardless of their position or title, creating an open environment in which everyone knows that ideas are welcome, and setting achievable but high expectations for myself and the teams that I work on."

Bacteriology Technician
Answer example

"I'd like to think of my leadership style as innovative. I believe that failures don't impede progress, the team gains job satisfaction and enjoyment and it creates an atmosphere of respect for others' ideas."

Internal Audit Manager
Answer example

"I very naturally take on a leadership role in my work, and day-to-day life. I am able to lead by taking on the role of a caring coach and mentor."

Assistant Principal
Answer example

"My leadership style is to be present and approachable. I want to know if my students are struggling in the classroom or at home. If my teachers need additional training, I like to be a part of their career development."

Newspaper Editor
Answer example

"I'm a very positive and energetic leader. I'm very hands-on and approachable: I make sure that my team knows that no question is a stupid one and that I'm always there for them. I make sure that my team has the energy they need to do their work efficiently and on time."

Anesthesiologist Assistant
Answer example

"In addition to assisting with surgical patients in the operating room, I have over ten years of experience working with chronic pain patients in a pain clinic. My current position requires me to work in both the OR and in the pain clinic, so I am well-experienced in both environments. In the pain management clinic, I work with patients to get them on a pain management plan, which can include interventions such as epidurals, nerve stimulation, and medication therapies."

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: 12/08/2015
Last modified on: 02/17/2019

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Tell me about your leadership qualities.
1.
A leader is one who can lead.. Listen to his team.. There grievances.. Appreciate their efforts encourage them be an ideal for them.
2.
I am a person who is approachable, I listen carefully for the messages being presented to me and ask questions to clarify if necessary. I believe in inclusion and reach out to others often for their ideas and opinions to take into consideration. I am fair and open minded, treating everyone with respect and honor. I provide timely feedback in a positive way to grow and develop colleagues. I build quality relationships with everyone to establish a rapport with every member of my organization.
3.
Positive attitude, creativity, Effective communication and Honesty.
4.
Respect, Honest, Diligent, Creative, Forward thinker.
5.
I'm a wonderful trainer I have patients I always want to learn and I have ambition.
6.
I love to empower people, impart knowledge through training, delegate when necessary, and lead by example. Some of the best leaders I have known have said very little.
7.
I have integrity. I'm honest and dedicated. I motivate my employees by giving them positive feedback on situations or tasks they have accomplished.
8.
Taking ownership, hardworking, business knowledge, solving problems.
9.
I'm firm, fair, I mean what I say. I do my job the right way no short cuts.
10.
Commitment and dedication.
11.
Lead by example, coach and inspire, accountable, good communicator, set expectations, provide feedback, consultative, seek feedback from my team.
12.
Strong, honest, smart, patience, mentor, responsible, engageable.
13.
Goal oriented, driven, great people and leadership skills.
14.
Ability to create strong relationships, strong assessment practice, engaging stakeholders.
15.
Motivated, integrity, hard working, passionate and deep desire to make difference in students throughout the building.
16.
The usual set for an accomplished sociopath.
17.
A sense of direction. Approachable. Problem resolution. Evolving. Entertaining. Educating. Supportive.
18.
Behavior, respect, communication, cooperation.
19.
Highly motivated driven and surpasses targets.
20.
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.
21.
Befriend the staff and can encourage working as a team.
22.
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.
23.
Clear communications, encouraging and involvement in assignments.
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