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!
I think it is safe to say the most accepted students are scoring in the 5 range on most of these and in the 4 range on one our two. I doubt that one can earn 3s in anything and still stay high in the esteem of the admissions committee. That said, I will tell you that if your recommender gives you a 5 for something, there had better be an example in his letter showing that level of excellence. The letter itself - and not just the grid - needs to show you inventing new methods, building relationships across and outside the organization to implement them, fostering input, changing environments, and using this range of interpersonal leadership abilities to make a significant impact on the organization. Without those details and examples, the grid means nothing.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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