The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of confidently delegating tasks to your employees or coworkers. A great leader is someone who can efficiently manage their time by ensuring jobs are equitably divided while utilizing the strengths of others. Display to the interviewer that you have the wherewithal to recognize the depths of your team by delegating tasks which compliment their skill sets.
"In my current position I was asked to put together a team for a special client project. I was able to handpick the team members and organize the project execution. I chose my strongest employees in a variety of areas. In our initial meeting, I delegated the tasks while explaining my reasoning. This opportunity was great for me to show each team member that I had the utmost confidence in their abilities. I played to their strengths, and it worked out well. We delivered to our client on time and under budget."
"I recently trained a new executive assistant to the VP. She had a little bit of experience; however, did require in-depth training on our systems, programs, and more. I now oversee her work and delegate to-do's."
"I find myself delegating work to my staff every day. Part of my job as a manager is to ensure the workload is spread evenly to deliver results on time."
"When working on the overhaul of our website, I was responsible for coordinating and communicating across teams, as well as delegates. I assigned who was to take each new page of the website to help build content and who was to edit, as well as what types of graphics or functionality we wanted. The outcome was a sleek, functional website that has been very successful in its conversions click-thru rates to sales."
"Every month I have a meeting with all team members to talk about our plan for the month and how we will delegate the work. It's a great strategy for us, and everyone starts the month with laid out expectations."
"In my previous role, I had three reports working on sourcing inventory for my accounts. Each day, I would hold a huddle to delegate the individual work orders. We would discuss the current workload, urgency of each order, and I would discuss why each one of them was assigned to a particular account or order."
"As a teacher, I delegate tasks, homework, and assignments to my students on a daily basis. I am a kind teacher but do command their attention when needed, to ensure they deliver their work on time."
The interviewer would like to know that you have the confidence to lead a meeting successfully. Think about a time when you have conducted a meeting - big or small. This example could be a phone meeting, a lunch and learn, or an extensive client presentation. Begin by telling the interviewer the reason for the meeting, who was involved, and what approach you took to prepare for the meeting. Finally, be sure to mention why you felt the meeting was a success! What did you do in that meeting to create a productive and positive outcome?
"My employer asked me to lead a 'lunch and learn' meeting to train 15 employees on our new client management software. I was already a subject matter expert on the software so it wasn't difficult for me to plan the lesson. The challenge was making the content entertaining enough to keep the employees engaged. I created a PowerPoint presentation that included pop quiz questions throughout the performance. The presentation was a success, and my employer asked me to lead a follow up meeting a few weeks later."
"Just last week my boss had a personal emergency and could not make it in time for our monthly staff meeting. Everyone gathered, and so he called to ask me to take control of the meeting. I feel that I did a great job relaying the information and my boss was thankful for the way that I was able to step in."
"I hosted daily small group meetings in two roles with my direct reports. The meetings focused on day to day, and weekly metrics that would make or break production numbers."
"When freelancing, I was on a call collaborating with their marketing staff of one and freelance graphic designer, and it seemed as though everyone was going to defer to the next person since there wasn't a leader. Their marketing director should have been it, but she was never a person to take control of a meeting. So, rather than go around in circles some more, I stepped up to take charge of the meeting. I am certain that the meeting was a success as the outcome was clear directives for all members of the team. That particular project had the highest ROI to date."
"I host short team meetings every day and co-host slightly larger meetings every month and quarter. Most meetings have a positive outcome, but there are always times when I am reporting that we missed a goal or have mandatory overtime. Those meetings are not quite as happy and upbeat."
"In my last role, I identified the need for ongoing learning and training, so I founded weekly 'lunch and learn' meetings with a different department of focus in each session. I worked across departments to feature various guest lecturers and industry experts from our board to educate the sales team better. This way we would all be more effective in our pitches."
"I take charge of a classroom every day! I have not led many official meetings, but I do think that parent-teacher meetings could count for some of my experience. I know how to command attention and can control the direction of a meeting and its tone."
The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership abilities have been most useful. Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was victorious at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.
"I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a sales technique that helped her to achieve her quota for the first time. I look forward to working in this role with you because it will allow me to take on further leadership opportunities."
"I am a leader every day, and anytime I am in the presence of subordinates, be it a picnic, in the parking lot, or during the workday. I always exude my leadership attributes."
"Leadership in micro-moments is one of my favorites. That is, taking a new hire out to coffee, even if it's not your job is great leadership. It is important to let someone feel welcomed into the fold by teaching them the ropes, especially in the often competitive environment like a sales floor."
"I feel as though I rise to the occasion whenever it presents itself, whether that's by stepping into a leadership role in a collaborative cross-department project, when my boss is away, or when a new hire is wide-eyed and without direction. Whenever the group is lacking a leader, I love the opportunity to step in and help the team along with a bit of an opportunity to shine."
"In my current position, every time my manager is away, I take on the role of leader for our team. This situation usually happens one day per week. When you call him for a reference, he will be able to tell you that I have naturally stepped into the responsibilities associated with being a leader."
"I think it's important always to be a leader. The old cliche of "dress for the job you want, not the one you have" applies here. From the get-go, it's important to walk in the door and let your supervisors know that you are ambitious and driven for growth and also let your coworkers and reports know that you're here to grow and help them grow, too."
"I best demonstrate myself as a leader when a student needs direction. This direction could be about their grades or how they relate to their peers. Growing up is tough, and I have a lot of empathy for my students and their situations."
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
"I possess great leadership qualities that include diligence, tenacity, and open communication. I look forward to taking these skills to work for you!"
"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."
"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."
"My leadership qualities are communication, drive and mentoring. I naturally seek out the best in people, then help them increase their performance."
"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."
"I lead my students by being passionate and charismatic towards new learning concepts. I encourage exploration and let them know that it's okay to make a mistake while learning new concepts."
Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor. Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.
"In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."
"Although I have never led in the workplace, I do take on a volunteer coordinator role on the weekends with the local animal shelter. I have qualities that would make a good leader. I am a keen listener; I understand how to look at the big picture without losing momentum with the small tasks."
"I do see myself as a leader. I currently oversee the 2nd shift production line. I monitor host team meetings, disseminate information, monitor performance, approve scheduling and time sheets, and more."
"I would certainly consider myself a leader, though I'm not currently in a management role. In my previous life, I managed a small sales team, but in marketing, I currently collaborate, and project manages without being in a management position. That said, I feel I lead a team by showing respect, setting high but reasonable expectations, and encouraging a collaborative environment where all ideas are encouraged. The beauty of being a true leader is that you don't need to be in a position of management to exude leadership qualities."
"I have always been a great leader, and I thoroughly enjoy being a team leader. I have been in an assistant manager role in my company for two years now and love to lead by example and train new employees."
"I see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model of enthusiasm and work ethic. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership."
"I do see myself as a leader. I lead in the classroom, I help coach extra-curricular athletics, and I encourage my fellow educators. Leadership, to me, is a mindset versus an official title."
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