A good question to ask all applicants is when was the last time you had to be firm with someone? It reveals character, the ability to stand up for what's right, the strength to defend (laws, rules, a code-of-conduct, decency, oneself, etc.).
It's also good for managers to ask themselves the same question.
It's a mistake to think empowerment can only be bestowed. True empowerment comes from within. Sure, administrators have to empower their managers, but if the manager shrinks from using it, he/she remains a mere manager, destined to be yoked to a legacy of having been promoted by mistake.
Empowered healthcare managers, on the other hand, accept the gift of empowerment and give themselves permission to transform their position, their staff, and their organization. They give themselves permission to be firm. Here's what it sounds like:
No, you can't have that day off. It will compromise the team.
If I hear one more whisper of gossip, you'll be suspended.
I've told you three times to hem up the cuffs of your scrubs. Find some safety pins and pin them up now. The next time you come in with them sweeping the floor you'll be sent home.
I appreciate you letting me know of problems that require my attention. Going forward, I'd like for you to also to propose solutions at the same time.
Firm is the enemy of mediocrity; mediocrity is the enemy of the empowered. The enemy of your enemy is your friend.