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Tell me about your leadership qualities.

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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
Admin
"I possess great leadership qualities that include diligence, tenacity, and open communication. I look forward to taking these skills to work for you!"
Anesthesiologist
"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."
Anesthesiologist Assistant
"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."
Animal Control Workers
"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."
Assistant Principal
"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."
Claims Adjuster
"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. Which of these qualities do you most identify? "
Court Clerk
"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."
Dental Assistant
"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."
High School Teacher
"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."
Internal Audit Manager
"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."
Manager
"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
"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."
Newspaper Editor
"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."
Retail
"My leadership qualities are communication, drive and mentoring. I naturally seek out the best in people, then help them increase their performance."
Sales
"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."

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Tell me about your leadership qualities.
1.
Befriend the staff and can encourage working as a team.
2.
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.
3.
Clear communications, encouraging and involvement in assignments.
4.
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.
5.
Ability to create strong relationships, strong assessment practice, engaging stakeholders.
6.
Positive attitude, creativity, Effective communication and Honesty.
7.
A leader is one who can lead.. Listen to his team.. There grievances.. Appreciate their efforts encourage them be an ideal for them.
8.
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.
9.
I'm firm, fair, I mean what I say. I do my job the right way no short cuts.
10.
The usual set for an accomplished sociopath.
11.
Taking ownership, hardworking, business knowledge, solving problems.
12.
A sense of direction. Approachable. Problem resolution. Evolving. Entertaining. Educating. Supportive.
13.
Motivated, integrity, hard working, passionate and deep desire to make difference in students throughout the building.
14.
Behavior, respect, communication, cooperation.
15.
Strong, honest, smart, patience, mentor, responsible, engageable.
16.
Respect, Honest, Diligent, Creative, Forward thinker.
17.
Lead by example, coach and inspire, accountable, good communicator, set expectations, provide feedback, consultative, seek feedback from my team.
18.
I have integrity. I'm honest and dedicated. I motivate my employees by giving them positive feedback on situations or tasks they have accomplished.
19.
Highly motivated driven and surpasses targets.
20.
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.
21.
Commitment and dedication.
22.
I'm a wonderful trainer I have patients I always want to learn and I have ambition.
23.
Goal oriented, driven, great people and leadership skills.
24.
Yea cause I have alot of money.
25.
They comfort the patient through emotional and anxiety.
26.
Honesty, trustworthy, inner strength , team work. Cooperation.
27.
I take leadership by being coorperative, helpfull, and playing my part as far as team work.
28.
I believe it is important to be trustworthy, respectful, honest and be a team player. Demonstrating these skills would allow others to potentially follow the same direction and work towards the same goal as a practice.
29.
I was a route manager for a year at molly maid and I also have been a team trainer currently. I internshiped at a hotel under the direction of the general manger.
30.
I have been in managment and I have also been a trainer.
31.
I currently have had the oportunity to be the head RDA and I have also done all the office ordering, in addition to handling all the sales representative, repairmen, office referrals and Lab appliances.
32.
I can say that I am the leader of my Own self but also as a Team player.
33.
Honest, trustworthy, inner strength and team work.
34.
Team work and responsibility. Being able to work as a company and taking accountabilty as an individual and as team.
35.
I have been a lead assistant, trained other staff members.
36.
I was a shift manager at one time which came with a lot of responsibility.
37.
To be able to work independently of the senior dental assistant during work placement chair side and during reception showing I have the ability to set up at the start of day and close.
38.
I always step up and help other assistants out when needed and go the extra mile.
39.
I have been in charge of ordering stock in the office and having annual inventory meetings. I believe it takes leadership for your colleagues to know what and where to write items down that need to be ordered. If an assistant is having a hard time catching a good accurate X-ray, I have been turned to to help expose a proper X-ray. It makes me feel good and confident about what I do and shows leadership qualities.
40.
Team leader with all staff... I was a go to for info and advice and was looked up to in a respected role.... I handled all assistnant training and even some hygieneist training (not so much telling them how to do their job but showing them the role the doctor wanted them to take in his practive and how he liked them to handle certain situations.)
41.
I worked as dentist in my own office for two years.
42.
I have once been an lead assistant, taking care of ordering and training other assistants.
43.
I traine new staff all the time.
44.
I do not have experience with leadership roles.
45.
I am very personable and if anyone needs help they know they can come to me .
46.
I love to be the go to person at work. It is a motivator when people come to me and ask what I would do. I love to teach others and to hear feedback on my tasks.
47.
I have taken on the responsibility to keep the office up to date with OSHA reorganizing the supplies and office space.
48.
I got the chance of working as a senior dental surgeon and I worked as a team leader for juniors.
49.
As a crew trainer at McDonald's I had to take leadership and show the other members how things were done and what to do at their job.
50.
I am always looking to improve my work place.
51.
I take initiative and make sure the office is organized without it being asked of me.
52.
Leadership in my last job where manager told me I had great leadership skills.
53.
Yes I'm very attentive to detail.
54.
I was captain of my high school cheer team.
55.
I am qiuck to help and I have no problem taking the lead. I have been a student mentor.
56.
Dental Assistant in oral surgery, periodontics, general dentistry.
57.
I keep the other employee on track with her tasks.
58.
I have been a lead in many situations in my previous work experience at my sale associate position. Keeping a level of organization amongst my cashier teams and towards out ultimate sales goal as a whole.
59.
Comforting a patient through emotional and anxiety, team work, cooperation, trustworthy.
60.
I haven't had a chance to show leadership in a Dental assistant role, but in prior jobs I showed leadership in many ways. If there was an issue I made sure it was handled.
61.
At school I was captain of both Flute Ensemble I and Concert Band I in grade 12. This helped me to learn how to juggle commitments, as I was also part of Orchestra, the cross country team, I had a part time job and completing my school work. There were a certain amount of responsibility involved: I was responsible for organising the end of year presents for the conductors, handing out music to the right people. Chasing up girls who weren't on time or were absent, making sure everyone knew all the details of concerts, what to where and what time to get there, and dealing with any concerns or issues the other members had, and also helping set up and pack down and making sure everything was arranged properly.
62.
So far, I have just taken initiative. Whenever I felt the urge to ask the dentist if he needed assistance, I did just that.
63.
It's not really about leadership, but when I see a co-worker not practicing proper sanitation or not following the dental office's protocol for sanitation, I just can help it, but say something to the person, but in a very nice way.
64.
I tend to take the lead when it comes to getting things done if I know how to complete the task.
65.
I worked for small practices and did what ever I was told to do. I trained new assistants.
66.
I am in charge of all medical records and I have taken leadership qualities by being in charge of projects.
67.
Help training new staff members.
68.
Again I have never worked as a dental assistant but as a CNA we are given a certain number of patients and you are in charge of those patients throughout your shift.
69.
Calming down emotional patients, being their stability.
70.
I was a mentor in my class, and I needed to guide others on how to do things, work as a team, and always act professional.
71.
Just showing initiative by cleaning up and if something needs to be done not waiting for someone else to do it.
72.
Responsibility as a qualified dental nurse.
73.
I supervise 10 employees I like being a leader.
74.
A couple of roles of leadership I have performed include training and management.
75.
Main assistant and help front desk.
76.
Doing things that need to be done without asking or being told.
77.
Training other coworkers, being a model worker that they can look up to, doing as I'm suppose to and more than fulfilling my bosses expectations.
78.
I was the assistant manager of a store, and therefore I had to lead by example and ensure everyone was following policies and procedures.
79.
I have been a assistant dentist and an dentist at some point of life I know the importance of teamwork trust dependability and responsibility to get the office running smoothly.
80.
Setting everything up, performing x days and letting the dentist know of the patients needs and complaints.
81.
Going to WIMIS and bringing back knowledge to other staff that couldn't attend.
82.
On a few occasions I have been involved in the training of nurses who have just qualified.
83.
I have no experience in leadership in this career but I was an ambasador for 5 months before I switched all my credits to a different school. I took pride in helping my classmates. Introducing new students to our technology and helping them on the first day of school with the supplies they needed.
84.
Teamwork, cooperation, dedicated to my job, being honest and making sure goals are met by the end of the day. All training new employees.
85.
I use to work as a head receptionist, ensuring that the other receptionist that I worked along side was competent in her job role. I would also answer any questions and ensure that everything within my power was done to ensure a friendly and positive work environment.
86.
I go above and beyond what I feel will improve my work skills.
87.
I have had responsibilities as superisor office manager and financial manager.
88.
I have been asked to train other mail carriers before, because my supervisor was impressed with my techniques and detail, and the way I interacted with the people. Also, at the daycare, I care for the children by myself in the late afternoon so I make the decisions of what they need and how to care for them.
89.
In a dental office I have yet to show my roles of leadership, however, while working at a grocery store I have trained new employees and take initiative to ensure all the work is done and the store is prepped for the next day of work. I always try to be a role model for those around me by showing them a good work ethic and being respectable to all customers and staff.
90.
Not many, except chairside, and setting up, cleaning up, making appointments and answering the phone. Doing a few payments and insurance claims.
91.
First of all my father is a politician and has been a political leader so it kind of in my blood.. I have been the prefect of my school, I have been a leader and activist against ragging of freshers in my college, I have been the class representative during my college days and I think then I became the leader of my household.
92.
Being back office manager, training and mentoring new assistants in learning and reaching their potential. I encourage them to keep learning,
93.
I am honest, trustworthy and I am a good team worker with good co operation skills.
94.
I have always been a leader.
95.
I was head nurse and alongside the practice manager helped to train and direct a small dental team.
96.
During my externship we got behind I made sure we had all instruments cleaned and bag autoclaved and try to fit in where ever I was needed so I went from treatment rooms to the next to see if I can help in anyway so that the Dentist can continue to do his job smoothly.
97.
I am just starting out, graduating college soon. So far I have done a little bit of coronal polishing, many composite fillings and also amalgam. Root canals are often but not everyday. Disinfecting ops., operating sterilizers and other equipment.
98.
I have tried to set a positive work example for others. I have assisted in all problems and strived for excellence.
99.
So far I have been in charge of all appointment scheduling.
100.
My strong work ethic has allowed me to identify a leadership void and voluntarily take on those issues without upper management involvement. These skills include: Communicator, Thinker, Decision-maker, Team-builder: recognition and correction of errors, staff scheduling, providing appropriate care for each resident,
101.
I have had to take initiative in the front office making sure it runs well. I had to be self motivated and goal oriented to make sure we all function with the same goal in mind. I sometimes had to designate duties to the dental assistants because we had one that tended to lag in order to avoid taking the next patient especially if it was a routine check up. I sometimes seat her patient and let her know they were in her chair and I would take over sterilization duties to speed up the flow of the office and limit time the patient was in the waiting room.

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