When you have a great relationship with the individuals you are leading, your leadership skills will be the most effective. Show the interviewer that you recognize a great relationship starts with clear communication, trust, and honesty. Tell the interviewer that you spend time genuinely getting to know your team.
For instance, perhaps you like to understand what activities they have going on both inside and outside of work, their kids' names, or if they have any pets. Building a relationship with your team will ensure that you can frequently and genuinely ask them how they are doing. The more comfortable they are, the better chance they will come to you for help in the workplace when they need it.
"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 can be assured that I can help them to achieve their goals, they are more likely to be an engaged part of the team."
Manager answer example
"My leadership skills are most effective when my team is engaged and happy. I spend a lot of time making sure that my team of staff are happy, confident, and invested in their jobs."
Retail answer example
"My skills are most effective when we face a tight deadline and have to push through. I pride myself on being and an excellent motivator."
Sales answer example
"I am the most effective leader when I am passionate and can ignite that passion in my team. When they all understand the 'why' behind our efforts, it's easy to get the job done together."
Marketing answer example
"I believe I'm the most effective leader when the group is lacking direction. I immediately sense that there's a lack of leadership brewing, and I step up to lead, even if it's not in my job description, necessarily. I feel I excel in providing direction in a time of need and do well uniting a group."
Teacher answer example
"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."
Admin answer example
"My leadership skills are always in action because I lead by example. I am most effective when I can take hold of a project and deliver an excellent product."