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Senior Manager
Joined: 12 May 2010
Posts: 288
Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Technology
GMAT Date: 10-22-2011
GPA: 3
WE: Information Technology (Internet and New Media)
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22 Oct 2010, 05:39
Hi all,

Just wondering what examples of leadership one could use ...

I was never the school sports star and was never on any university sports teams (I really suck at sports!)...
I guess I've taken the lead an initiative at times within the workplace but I'm not a manager or anything, should I even bother to apply?

thanks
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07 Feb 2011, 14:46
Hi n2739178,

There are a number of examples you could use to talk about your leadership experience. You don't need to have founded a company or been a sports star. We had one client who had one year of fairly basic experience as an analyst at an investment bank. As an entry level employee in an extremely large organization, she had very little opportunity to differentiate or demonstrate leadership. Although she had significant extracurricular experiences, she needed some professional stories but as she racked her brain for examples that would help her shine, she came up empty.

Result: Admitted to HBS and Stanford.

Strategy: We decided to use a relatively mundane example of overhauling an Excel spreadsheet, but dove into details that demonstrated some terrific qualities that the client possessed, such as initiative, detail orientation, can do attitude, ability to influence others, leadership and more. Although the task was not hi-tech – it did provide a stage to present all of this. She also discussed the layers of impact of her simple contribution – and the subsequent lesson that change is possible at any level of an organization, and even small changes can have substantial impact.

I hope this was of help.

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