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As a manager, who has been your greatest influence?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Have you had an influential mentor in your management career? Talk to the interviewer about what type of influences have shaped your management style. Describe a person that has defined what kind of leader you wish to be.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"The greatest influence in my career has been one of my Professors from University. Mr. Smith was my professor in Business Ethics, and I connected well with his teaching style. Even after graduating University, we kept in touch, and he has greatly influenced my coaching, teaching, and leadership style."

Admin
Answer example

"The greatest influence in my career is the executive whom I support. He gave me a chance when I had minimal administrative experience and had come fresh out of school. I have worked very hard for him over the years, and in turn, he has taught me a great deal about business."

Manager
Answer example

"The first CEO I reported to has been a tremendous influence on my career. That person helped shape my work ethic and passion for business early on, which has helped me become a better business partner along the way in my career. I wish to be someone who is fair, demanding and supportive. Someone who cares about the customers and cares about our people."

Marketing
Answer example

"The greatest influence in my career as a marketer, and a manager has to be Gary Vaynerchuk. He was one of the earliest adopters of social media and has helped millions of people like me, who want to stand out in the marketplace. I admire his approach."

Retail
Answer example

"My second manager out of college, John, was my first and most influential mentor. I learned more from him about the industry, how to manage a diverse set of personalities, and how to coach, all while maintaining a professional level of friendship and rapport with employees. Even though I left that job, and company, over three years ago, I still joke that I follow the "What Would John Do?" school of thought for many of my tough decisions. We still keep in touch, for which I am grateful."

Sales
Answer example

"I would say the biggest influence on how I manage would be my mom. She has been the leader of our household- taking charge of any and all projects by the horn, delegating tasks in our home like a pro. At the same time she delegates as appropriate, leads with compassion and kindness, and expects us to all rise to the occasion and do our best. This method is the way in which I've chosen to lead my teams: with high expectations, kindness, and a desire to help everyone do their best."

Teacher
Answer example

"As a teacher and a learning leader, my greatest influence have been the teachers that I have had along the way. The good, and the bad! As an educator, I truly learn and develop by observing those around me and taking note of what I like, and what I do not like."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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