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25 Physician Assistant Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

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What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?

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    What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?

      The interviewer would like to know that you understand the qualities that a great leader should possess. Highlight your ability to work with a team, and actively communicate. If you had a great mentor or supervisor in your past, feel free to mention something specific about what you learned from them.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that being a great leader requires a balance between working collaboratively with your team members while also being a consistent individual contributor. For example, we have a department project where everyone must work together to reorganize the supply closet, and each team member has an assigned task. I must strategically plan the work for the team but also communicate productively and professionally for everyone to understand the goal. I also took on a small part of the project myself, so they can see that I am committed to the outcome. I learned this from a mentor of mine when I was just starting out as a PA."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Here are some great leadership qualities you may possess:

      - Clarity in delegation
      - Ability to teach and mentor
      - Willingness to accept feedback
      - Being an inspiration to your team
      - Understanding what motivates your team
      - Takes ownership for mistakes
      - Chooses to coach first, before discipline"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "First and foremost, a leader should have the ability to get the team excited about the short and long-term goals of the facility. A great leader should also be empathetic, responsible, and reliable. Among these skills, I also bring the ability to maintain a harmonious relationship with other physician assistants, nursing staff, and patients."

      Anonymous Answer

      "In my opinion, a great leader is someone very passionate, patient, cooperative, and a great listener. Working throughout the different clinical settings, especially as a medical assistant, I have developed these skills. As a medication assistant, I am always working in a team and sharing ideas with PAs, NPs, MDs, nurses, social workers, and my medical assistant colleague. I work with people who speak different languages; It required a great deal of patiently listening and communicating with them. I am always collaborating with teams and finding a way to help each other to succeed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very nice answer! You are thorough and do a wonderful job highlighting the ways that you possess these qualities.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "To me, an exceptional leader is someone who can take initiative while being confident in their decisions and practice. Being a team player also plays a role in leadership."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These leadership traits are essential, indeed! When it comes to the leadership traits that you possess, be sure to mention your specific characteristics, and how you utilize them in the workplace/how these traits will benefit the hiring company.

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