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How to Demonstrate Leadership Experience

10 Questions to Ask Yourself


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Before accepting you into their program, Business schools will want to know about your leadership experience. Most will ask you to tell tales of leadership experience in an essay, but the topic can also come up on formal applications and in interviews.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Leadership Experience

Before you begin talking about your leadership experience you should ask yourself a few questions to make sure you are telling the best stories. Here are ten questions to get you started:
  • How have I motivated others?
  • Have I ever improved the performance of others?
  • Have I been able to make use of other people's talents and skills?
  • How have I addressed or helped other people to address their mistakes?
  • Have I ever marshaled resources to overcome a problem I discovered?
  • In what way have I built on an organization's success?
  • Have I ever helped a team to articulate a vision?
  • How have I helped other people adapt to a new situation?
  • What methods have I used to boost morale within an organization?
  • How have I helped others overcome challenges in their personal or professional life?
Remember, leadership experience isn't about what you have done -- it's about what you have helped other people do.

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