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Stanford Leadership Grid [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 03:16
Quick question here - about stanford leadership behavior grid that all reccomenders have to fill out.
(cant post URLs but just google 2012_entry_LBGrid_LOR or Stanford Leadership Behavioral Grid)

I am pretty close with all 3 of my recommenders for Stanford and they all said they would be happy to give me half 5s (the best score) and half 4s.

My question: should I tell them to give me a 3 on a few traits, so it doesn't look unrealistic? If all 3 of my grids are practically identical with 4s and 5s, will that raise eyebrows? Or do most people get ranked with 4s and 5s?

Thanks for any insight!
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Re: Stanford Leadership Grid [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2011, 23:12
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Have them rank you entirely in the top boxes if A) they are willing, and B) it is not morally wrong for them to do so. Remember that these are recommendation letters - not performance reviews. You are presumably selecting the two (or three, in the case of Stanford and HBS) people that you know in the entire world who are most qualified to advocate you to this school. It would be weird if you found someone who felt you were only okay. Plus, not unlike some colleges that suffer from "grade inflation" or the way steroids jacked up home runs in baseball, you will be the lone humble applicant in a sea of people getting top marks. Don't be a hero, get the best rec you can. (In fact, the keys to a good recommendation are simple: have it be from someone who knows you well, have it be from someone who can articulate those thoughts, have it be authentic - which means stay out of the process, and have it be glowing ... that's it, don't over think it more than that.)

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