How can you be the Successful Leader of a Team?
Before answering this typical interview question, you need to understand the basis of it; it would be wise to know what the interviewer expects.
Most importantly, you must clearly appreciate the traits of a good leader.
You may find answers reading the following, after this article –
- What Makes a Good Team Leader? How to Be a Good Team Leader?
- What are the Qualities of a Good Leader?
- How would you describe Your Leadership Style?
- Leadership Interview
Once you are through with the basic ‘check-list’, do your homework – consult with colleagues and others – and develop your individual appropriate response.
What are the traits of a leader? What is an interviewer seeking when he asks:
“Why do you want to be a team leader?”
Following are some tips as to the interviewer’s expectations – the successful candidate should be…
1. Idea Champion: Able to initiate tasks and terminate any inertia of his team. He should be able to devise plans and persuade the team to enlist.
2. Eager listener: Able to listen to team mates. A leader who cannot listen and work in accordance will be unable to engender interest and ultimately the team could get dismantled. Therefore, a leader must be able to grasp team members’ view points and address them as needed.
3. Nimble-footed: Interactive. If strategies do not prove successful or alternative measures are required, a leader does not panic; the approach is modified to achieve the target.
Knowing the qualities of a leader, it is easy to devise the right answer for your qualities and skills. Let’s sharpen our understanding of the process through an example:
Interviewer: “Why do you want to become a leader of a team?”
Interviewee: “I am a strategist and like to execute and implement my plans in accordance with my team mates’ abilities to achieve long and short term goals. I have worked in teams for many years and in fact, captained my senior college baseball team! Being receptive to change and having a flexible way of thinking, I have been able to achieve great results at the social community congregation of which I am the manager. I understand that the job requires a candidate to lead a team of 5 men to achieve sales related objectives. I truly believe I can successfully fill that role.”
Clearly, the interviewee has been able to get across his message in a lucid yet illustrative way. He has an excellent chance of securing the position.
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