The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of the need to always lead by example. Your answer should be, 'All the time!'
As a leader, your actions, decisions, and demeanor are always under some form of scrutiny. The most stressful workplace situations often surround change, so it's a great idea to talk about a time when your organization went through a significant change. A transition can be very challenging for some people. Discuss how you accept change with a positive attitude.
Perhaps a new software system was being implemented. Maybe your company was being acquired. Perhaps a change occurred in your senior leadership. Talk about how quickly your team could have leaned towards negativity by becoming unmotivated or acting fearful of the change. Highlight that you have genuine excitement surrounding the possibilities that come with change and that this excitement rubs off on your team.
"I lead by example every moment of every day! My sales team keeps a close eye on my actions and, in our industry, it is very easy to over-dramatize situations. Last year our company merged with a competitor, and there was the talk of pending layoffs. Rather than show my stress, I encouraged my team to try harder than ever. I suggested that we show our corporate office exactly what we can do! We ended up being the number one sales team in our region which resulted in zero layoffs for our team."
"In my current role, I manage a front desk with a great deal of foot traffic. I choose always to have a smile on my face, make eye contact, and show my excitement for the company for which I work. There are always eyes on me, and I need to lead with positivity."
"I was a plant manager for Company XYZ when they announced they were closing their doors. By not allowing myself to display frustration, I was able to retain 89% of my staff during the transition. I feel that my positive attitude helped others to feel hopeful."
"I think you're always showing who you are and either demonstrating your leadership qualities or lack thereof. That's why I believe it's so important always to act as though someone is watching. As a parent, that's something that is always a possibility, and in the workplace, it's just as important to be on your best behavior. You never know who is watching or listening and you can either make or break your career with your actions."
"I often lead by example when it comes to mandatory overtime. I work in an order-driven environment and sometimes we have to work late to get the job done. I don't let my peers see me get upset at last minute announcements."
"I believe I am always leading by example. For instance, I am either on time (ideally early), dressed for the part (or better), and prepared, or you're not. One critical moment when my leadership capabilities are displayed is in meetings. I am attentive and ready to participate."
"These days, students come to class with their phones and are either scrolling, or at the minimum, they're out on the table. I prefer to put my phone away and have a notebook and pen out instead. This way, it's clear that I'm on task. No one knows what you're doing on your phone- it could be 100% work related, but it looks like you're texting. I teach my students to remain engaged."
"All the time!"
"I lead by example every moment of every day! My nursing team keeps a close eye on my actions and, in our industry, it is very easy to over-dramatize situations. I think you're always showing who you are and either demonstrating your leadership qualities or lack thereof. That's why I believe it's so important to always act as though someone is watching."