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Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization. (500 words maximum)
Darden has taken a whole new approach with its application this year. Just one essay to write and just one essay to impress them with.
The question gets to the heart of two key topics in graduate management education: leadership and globalization. You essay will have to share your perspective on leadership and tie it to multi-cultural or international experience.
Since the essay is only 500 words and the topic is quite broad, you will need to focus, focus, focus.
A couple of possible approaches to this question:
- Start with an anecdote showing you in a leadership role where you did well. Analyze your success and how you were influenced by an international experience or some aspect of globalization.
- Start with an influential experience and then bring it forward to your perspective on leadership. End with a situation where you successfully applied lessons learned to lead in a multi-ethnic or national setting.
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