Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Engagement Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. M&A Analyst
GRE 323, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Top Performer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. Sommelier
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Kellogg | Ms. Strategic Photographer
GRE 318 (to retake), GPA 3.68
INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Harvard | Mr. MBB Latino Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Wharton | Mr. African Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Funder
GMAT 790, GPA 3.82
London Business School | Mr. College Dropout
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Healthcare AI
GRE 366, GPA 3.91

The Third Round Advantage? Nah


How to Identify Leadership in Your MBA Applications

‘You can’t teach leadership. You’re either born with it or you’re not.’

Ever hear that one? Well, revered institutions from Wharton to the U.S. Marine Corps scoff at that notion. Regardless of which side you take, if you’re looking to enter business school, here’s one nugget to remember: Leadership can be measured.

In fact, leadership is a big part of what adcoms seek from candidates. And it comes in many forms: managing subordinates, spearheading initiatives, selling ideas, building coalitions, and maintaining self-control. In fact, such skills are the bedrock of successful careers. They reflect deeper traits like charisma, courage, strategic thinking, open-mindedness, and empathy. In the end, these are the transformative people who connect with people, launch companies, disrupt business models, and make a name for themselves (and their alma maters).

Alas, you can demonstrate leadership in your essays, interviews, and letters of recommendation. But what exactly are adcoms seeking? In a recent blog post by Veritas Prep, “Dozie A.”, a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, shares some strategies for positioning yourself as a leader.

First, Dozie warns applicants not to discount their academic successes when it comes to leadership. He writes that, “Academia is a great place to uncover leadership stories because it is a very similar setting to what b-school will be like in the sense that you are surrounded by peers.” In Dozie’s experience, “teamwork and leadership go hand in hand.” As a result, you should scour your college years for examples of being able to unite people and raise their collective performance.

As you’d expect, extracurricular activities are another means to showcase leadership. In particular, participating in professional organizations reflect your commitment to professional development and helping others, whether you’re conducting presentations or orchestrating a dinner.  “Leadership stories from this category tend to really highlight interpersonal skills well particularly where challenging situations occur,” Dozie observes.

Volunteer and civil work is another outlet. Here, you can exhibit what you’re passionate about – and how you’re channeling it for the greater good. As Dozie notes, leadership doesn’t necessarily mean you ran the group. Most good leaders start out as good followers, so think about how you contributed to making the larger operation a success.

Finally, Dozie touts work experience as a differentiator. “Think of the project, products, and work streams you’ve led,” he writes. “These are the areas most candidates will thrive. Make sure to set the stakes in your examples so the reader knows how important this leadership example was for your career and the company as a whole.”


Source: Veritas Prep