At Ivy Groupe, we are passionate about authenticity, leadership, success, and impact – these are important to demonstrate not only in MBA applications, but also throughout your career. As a result, some of our blogs will be dedicated to these topics.
In the various professional and extracurricular roles that you have held thus far and that you will take on in the future, and as you work on your MBA applications, one term will consistently pop-up – leadership. There are many facets to leadership; therefore, not surprisingly, your personal and professional experiences as well as your worldview will shape what leadership means to you. Below are what we believe great leadership consists of.
Those who exhibit great leadership are consistently able to demonstrate impact. It’s not about working on a task or endeavor to simply complete it; great leaders always have an eye towards the outcome and how their efforts will help to positively impact people and organizations. Moreover, this impact does not have to be earth shattering, which is often what people think; even small ways of impacting people and organizations can be very meaningful. For example, although it may seem like a small thing, streamlining processes within one’s team to improve efficiency can have a huge payoff with respect to enabling time to be used in more productive ways.
Those who exhibit great leadership look beyond themselves to empower others. It’s not about trying to do everything on their own or taking the credit when positive results are achieved; great leaders take the time to develop others and provide them with the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to succeed. Moreover, great leaders share success; when something is done well, it is everyone’s victory. This is true both in the workplace and beyond (such as extracurricular activities).
Those who exhibit great leadership are courageous. This does not necessarily mean that great leaders are not scared; however, despite their fear, they are brave enough to step outside of their comfort zone in order to deliver results. Note that stepping beyond one’s comfort zones can come in many forms. For example, it could be speaking up if something is not being ethically done or it could be taking the initiative to introduce a new product or service.
Embarking on the MBA application process is the perfect time to think about leadership: what does great leadership consist of for you?
About Ivy Groupe:
Ivy Groupe is a boutique MBA admissions consulting company founded by Shaifali Aggarwal, who has been recognized as a top MBA admissions consultant by Business Insider and Poets & Quants. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Shaifali’s philosophy focuses on authenticity and storytelling to help clients craft compelling and differentiated applications that stand out. With this approach, Shaifali’s clients have gained admission to top-tier MBA programs such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, Columbia, Booth, Tuck, and Yale, among others.
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