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Leadership Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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When are your leadership skills the most effective?

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Leadership Interview Questions & Answers

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    When are your leadership skills the most effective?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know the type of situation in which your leadership skills thrive. Typically, when you have a great relationship with the individuals you are guiding, then your leadership approach will be the most effective.

      Tell the interviewer that you recognize how effective leadership begins with clear communication, trust, and honesty. Building a relationship with your team members will ensure that your leadership approach is accepted and absorbed. The more comfortable your team members are with you, the better chance they will follow your leadership approach.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My leadership skills are the most effective when my relationship with the employee isn't just a surface connection. I want to have true knowledge of their life and a good understanding of their career goals. When my employees feel assured that I can help them to achieve their goals, they are more likely to follow my lead and be an engaged part of the team."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "My leadership skills are most effective when I can take hold of a project, enthusiastically share the vision for the project, and delegate tasks according to the strengths of others."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My leadership skills are most effective when my team is engaged in our company's mission and happy with their workplace environment. I spend a lot of time making sure that my team members are comfortable in culture, confident in their tasks and abilities, and invested in the company's overall mission."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I believe I'm the most effective leader when the group is lacking direction. If I ever sense that there's a lack of leadership brewing, I step up to lead, even if it's not in my necessarily in my job description. I excel in providing direction in a time of need and do well when it comes to uniting a group of people to reach a common goal."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "My leadership skills are most effective when facing a tight deadline that the team has to push through. I pride myself on being and an excellent motivator, and I can uplift the energy in the room when other people feel stressed."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I am the most effective leader when I am passionate and can ignite that passion in my team. When my team understands the 'why' behind our company's efforts and our mandate, it's easy to get the job done together and with enthusiasm."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "My leadership skills are most effective in a group setting. I have an excellent ability to ramp up the energy in a room and get my students excited about a lesson plan."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I can apply my leadership skill best when there is an opportunity to build trust and connection with my team."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good start! Do you have an example of this type of situation in action?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "When I have taken the time to cultivate trust with clear and honest communication and made an effort to build the personal relationships within my group."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very good! You show that strong leadership skills come from trust and relationships.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Like everyone else, I need to prove myself with the employees for them to respect and trust me. I need to show them that I am here to help them, support them and teach them, rather than just giving directives."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your approach is very respectful and the interviewer should be impressed with this answer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "When I am able to do some hands learning with my co-workers."

      Marcie's Answer

      So, in other words, you like to roll up your sleeves and work with your colleagues, even as you're teaching them something new. This is a great quality for a leader to have, and I'm sure your colleagues appreciate this about you! To make your answer more memorable to the interviewer, explain why hands-on learning/training is the most effective way for you to lead. Does it give better results than just lecturing your colleagues during a meeting? Explain this to the interviewer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My leadership skills are most effective when leadership is required. It is usually when there is a change in the direction required. I use my communication skills to move people into the direction required."

      Mary's Answer

      Change management is a very important skill that organizations look for in leaders! See below for slight reformatting.

      "Change management is an area where my leadership skills are most effective. I have strong communication skills that help influence others in the right direction when change occurs."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My leadership skills are most effective when we are all focused on the same goal. In most cases, this is the patient. When we both start from the same standard it's easier for us to come to an understanding about the best course of action."

      Cindy's Answer

      Fantastic answer! An example of how you led the team toward excellent patient care would underscore your leadership abilities.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My leadership skills are most effective when I am collaborating with others. For example, we needed to hire a new PE teacher and I suggested that we add a performance task to the second round of interviews for candidates. The idea was well-received by other members of the interview team."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent example!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My leadership skills are effective when I am well connected with my team, and build trust, when I have a set goal for the project, and when I create accountability."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great; it's clear that you have strong interpersonal skills and building trust with your team is very important to you.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe I excel in taking leadership when the group is lacking direction. I take the initiative immediately, even if it isn't my job necessarily. I feel I excel in providing direction in a time of need and do well uniting a group."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very solid response. This is an excellent time to jump in as a leader!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Building rapport and relationships help employees understand me and I understand them. This helps them to feel more comfortable around me and acceptable to follow me as a leader more. If I understand what they want out of the company and what their goals are, I can help them achieve it and they will be satisfied in their work and therefore work harder for me."

      Stephanie's Answer

      While rapport and relationship building are excellent skills, I would encourage you to reflect back on the prompt and explicitly use the word "effective" in your response. For example, "My leadership skills are most effective when," or, "When ______ happens, I know that my skill in building rapport has been effective."

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