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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Very good! You show that strong leadership skills come from trust and relationships.
"I can apply my leadership skill best when there is an opportunity to build trust and connection with my team."
Good start! Do you have an example of this type of situation in action?
"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."
Your approach is very respectful and the interviewer should be impressed with this 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."
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."
"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."
Very solid response. This is an excellent time to jump in as a leader!
"It's most effective if I'm able to build a team and know them individually."
Your answer should be more situation based. Are you at your best when the pressure is on? When it's time to mentor or grow a team?
"My leadership skills are most effective when there is pressure to succeed or meet a deadline. I am an excellent encourager and am very well organized. These factors make my leadership skills shine when it's crunch time."
Our interview questions are created by writers, most of whom have a long history of recruiting and interviewing candidates. They do not necessarily have experience interviewing or working with the companies, careers or schools they may write for on MockQuestions.com. We strive to match our experts' background and expertise with the appropriate question sets found on our website.