Leadership skills are important for almost any occupation, but certain skills can be more useful in different circumstances. This question helps you to use your own words to define effective leadership. Showcase skills and values such as competence, active listening, empathy, positivity, efficiency, and team building.
“While good communication skills such as active listening and deliberate body language help me to be a great leader, keeping myself accountable is important to lead by example. We established a new dress code policy in my last job, and I was asked to implement it as the overseer. My approach was to address the new policy, explain explicitly what new items of clothing were appropriate, and have a timetable for when the policy should take full effect. I also identified and answered any questions that my colleagues had about whether the new dress code would be comfortable enough to work in. I wore the new uniform at the next shift to show my colleagues what the right dress code looked like and to show how it was more convenient than the old uniform. My team felt more comfortable in adjusting to the new policy, and the entire team started following the new dress code before the deadline.”
There are several different styles of leadership that will benefit a variety of organizations and teams, depending on the niche and administration. Review the various leadership styles, and decide which of them best fits your approach. You may find that you prefer combining two styles or that certain situations require one style, while other situations need another. Understanding what these types of leadership mean will help you describe your own leadership strategy correctly during your interview. Give an example of your leadership and the outcomes of your efforts.
I call myself a transformational leader because I empower my team to set targets that are closely associated with the priorities of the organization. Under my previous job, I met with the members of the team every quarter to evaluate the company's priorities and assess the success of overall team objectives. We realized during one of our meetings that our new target was too department-focused and that we had lost track of how it benefited the company. We adjusted our team goal to address clearly the quality issues which affected our business. I also held individual meetings with each team guide to help them in outlining their personal, organizational goals. For example, one of my team members wanted to produce twice as many outcomes, so we worked together to refine her target to produce a smaller number of outcomes with better quality and assurance rating. This transformative leadership style helped my team to achieve an overall company target and improve the overall quality of our work.
Good leaders know how to think about their options and the possible effect of their decisions while making a big decision. Your response will show your expertise in problem-solving, logical thinking, and decision-making. Using a previous scenario in your workplace to give the interviewer an idea of how you make decisions. Be careful to clarify the implications of the decision, and consider explaining how to use the experience as a lesson in potential opportunities for leadership.
I had the choice of giving my team a long weekend of holiday once. I knew how hard my team had worked, but we had an important project we had to complete by Monday. My first instinct was to give them a break for the long weekend, but we would have had to hurry to finish the job. This decision threatened to affect efficiency and the quality of our work. I decided then that I wouldn't give them the long weekend and instead encourage them to keep working on time. That choice would avoid putting pressure on them to rush late but will instead make them feel unappreciated and overworked. In the end, I chose not to give the long weekend and emphasized the value of finishing the job. I requested a catered lunch on that Friday and offered to give them a long weekend next week to repay them. I believe this balance demonstrated that I worried about the well-being of my colleagues but still respected their credibility for performing work to time.