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What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?

1 of 25 Teamwork Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 15th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer wants to know the attributes that you value most in a team leader. List a few characteristics that you feel are most valuable for a team leader to possess and be sure to comment on how those relate to your strengths.

Good examples might include:

- Trustworthy
- Accountable
- Committed
- Results-oriented
- Detailed
- Driven
- Strong Negotiator
- Reliable

All of these attributes are valuable in a team setting, and any of them will make sound examples for you.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I feel that a strong team lead should be motivating, competitive, and a natural mentor. I have had leaders with these qualities, and it makes any team project run much smoother when they possess these. When I lead a team, I do my best to emulate these qualities as well."

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"In my opinion, I feel that a team leader should be flexible and ready to adapt to any changes that come their way. We have all worked for rigid bosses, at one time or another, and nobody seems to enjoy that!"

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"A great team leader will be a natural encourager, a positive person, and someone who will go out of their way to point out the good things their team members are doing, versus only noticing the bad points."

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"The best leaders that I have ever worked for are ones who believe that continued learning is important for everyone, including themselves. Education is wildly important, especially in the ever-evolving marketing world. A great leader recognizes this, and keeps up."

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"I believe that a team leader needs to be a good listener, show empathy, but also command the attention in a room. People work best for those they trust but whom they also know that they can learn from."

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"I always seek to work for leaders who do, versus tell. I want to work for a true winner who blows sales targets out of the water, has excellent client retention, and an immense amount of referral business. That kind of passion from a leader is what every salesperson should experience, as they grow in their sales career."

Answer example

"I love working with a Principal who is empathetic and caring to the students while also being an action-taker. A great leader will be one to take the reigns and not apologize for taking action when it comes to expecting the best performance from their faculty."

Restaurant Manager
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"You mentioned earlier that you previous manager led too much as a totalitarian and was not collaborative. My leadership style can be summed up as collaborative, inspiring, and motivation based. I like to get to know my staff and what motivates them to come to work each day. I have found that my employees respond best when they are given some autonomy and also additional responsibilities. I will often give new tasks to my team, and let them show me what they are made of!"

Cardiovascular Technologist
Answer example

"One quality that I have always appreciated in a supervisor is the ability to communicate responsibilities, boundaries, and expectations clearly. Once I know what my supervisor would like to see from me, I can deliver those expectations, and more. Could you share with me the characteristics of the person supervising this position?"

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 02/02/2016
Last modified on: 12/15/2018

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What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?
To be hardworking and help others when available to do so.
Loyalty, trust, communication, dependability.
Believing in team concept.
Communication, organization, time.
Communication and organization.
Being helpful towards colleagues, having a friendly manner and hardworking.
A group goal and work ethic.
The team attributes that I think are the most important are honesty, team work, listening skills, behaving well, and being outgoing, good with helping eachother.
Timeliness, positive attitude, work well with others.
Trust is earned you have to prove to them that you are there to help and live by the rules set down by the company.
Communication trust and loyal.
Being cooperative and functioning and making decisions togther.
Everyone working together and listening to ideas.
Leadership, Shared responsibility, clear communication, and an understanding of the task at hand.
Ability to build strong working relations, stay motivated and motivate others, strive for greatness in everything you do.
Friendly, hard working and organized.
Reliability, flexibility, being a good listener, and being able to efficiently communicate.
Keep together and be positiy.
Listening critical thinking skills.
The ability to listen to your teammates and understand your teammates point of view. The ability to compromise for the sake of the job, because multiple approaches can always be used to do the best job possible.
Where the team is able to work together, and they listen to each other, and take advice from each other. Also when they are able to work out their differences.
I am trustworthy, ind├ępendant and reliable.
Loyalty trust honesty self responsibility and team harmony.
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