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Apart from the website, are there any other resources which break down the 3 things HBS looks for in much greater detail as well as any other resource that simplifies each one?

I am of course talking about 1) Habit of Leadership 2) Analytical aptitude and Appetite 3) Engaged community citizenship.

I would be interested to see people list an example(s) that they feel meets the criterion for each one.

What must one do to meet each criterion thoroughly? Either at work, outside work and during your university years.

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This is MY understanding of it, to go in line with where i'm currently at (i.e. what i've done still in university and what I plan to do), have I got it wrong? I've highlighted key words in bold.

1) Habit of Leadership
Leadership may be expressed in many forms, from college extracurricular activities to academic or business achievements, from personal accomplishments to community commitments. We appreciate leadership on any scale, from organizing a classroom to directing a combat squad, from running an independent business to spearheading initiatives at work. In essence, we are looking for evidence of your potential.

Examples: Founding a society whilst at college, Elected course representative, Team project at work/university where you led the team, Volunteering as a tutor for underpriveliged/orphaned children, Entrepreneurship activities (Founding a unique startup)

Not quite sure what they men by spearheading initiaives at work, hopefully someone can clarify. Hopefully someone can also point out any other instances I may have missed out which displays leadership. Also the word HABIT, what length of service or instances would display this?


2) Analytical Aptitude and Appetite
Harvard Business School is a demanding, fast-paced, and highly-verbal environment. We look for individuals who enjoy lively discussion and debate. Our case and field-based methods of learning depend upon the active participation of prepared students who can assess, analyze, and act upon complex information within often-ambiguous contexts. The MBA Admissions Board will review your prior academic performance, the results of the GMAT or GRE, and, if applicable, TOEFL iBT and/or IELTS, and the nature of your work experience. There is no particular previous course of study required to apply; you must, however, demonstrate the ability to master analytical and quantitative concepts.

Examples: Active participation in a debating society, Strong verbal GMAT score, Lots of public speaking and presentations preferably in front of large crowds, Consulting roles which involve presentations to clients, Philosophy

What can one do to display this? Academically if you're not doing a Liberal arts degree for instance but something more vocational, would a Philosophy MOOC help show analytical and critical ability? Is an Accounting and Finance degree for instance enough to meet this criteria?

3) Engaged Community Citizenship
So much of our MBA experience - including the case method, section life, and student-organized events - requires the active collaboration of the entire HBS community. That's why we look for students who exhibit the highest ethical standards and respect for others, and can make positive contributions to the MBA Program. The right candidates must be eager to share their experiences, support their colleagues, and teach as well as learn from their peers.

We want applicants who have these traits, as well as bring a variety of skills, accomplishments and aspirations. In each class, we create a dynamic environment that mirrors the breadth and depth of our world economy. Our promise to our faculty and to every student here is to create a class of 900 students who come from as many different backgrounds and perspectives as possible

Examples: ???

Completely lost on this one, how does one demonstrate this, any ideas?

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Another question i'd ask is which one of these 3 would an active online presence fall under? By an online presence I obviously mean a positive one which is analytical and as garnered lots of followers/readers.

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What kind of online presence? Blog of some sort?

Taking initiative at work is starting an organization, changing the way something is done, redesigning a process, leading a recruiting team, creating a mentorship program or speakers series where senior leaders engage with junior resources.

Accounting and finance are certainly great to have. To demonstrate analytical experience, what have you done at work or outside that required analysis, critical thinking, modeling/projecting, analyzing research etc?

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What kind of online presence? Blog of some sort?

Taking initiative at work is starting an organization, changing the way something is done, redesigning a process, leading a recruiting team, creating a mentorship program or speakers series where senior leaders engage with junior resources.

Accounting and finance are certainly great to have. To demonstrate analytical experience, what have you done at work or outside that required analysis, critical thinking, modeling/projecting, analyzing research etc?

If you have other questions about positioning yourself well, send me a note scott@personalmbacoach.com or visit my site http://www.personalmbacoach.com to read more about how I can help.

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Yes a blog, but mores focusing on key events/moments with an opinion, updated regularly. But It can also be for career advice to African students (where I hail from).

That's much clearer now, thanks. In terms of Engaged Community Citizenship, what exactly are they looking for here, and how would they go about assessing this objectively?

Also, are the examples I gave pretty much what they mean when they say "Habit of Leadership" and "Analytical aptitude"

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Yes your examples are pretty good. In terms of how they assess, they look at the impact of what you have done. So how involved are you in a particular activity and what happened because of your work? What is your role and how did (fill in the blank) change because of your work?

The applicant who can answer those questions well has been engaged with the community.
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