Your primary objective in writing your application essays is to provide evidence that proves you possess the qualities that the admissions committee values most. By doing so, you’ll move one step closer to an acceptance letter. In today’s lesson, we will explain the qualities that you’ll want to feature in your essays.
The nine qualities that we believe all top MBA programs value are:
- A Collaborative Nature
- Analytical Intelligence
- Emotional Intelligence
- A Community Orientation
- A Global Viewpoint
All nine qualities are essential, and you’ll want to feature them in your application essays. Clearly, you won’t be able to emphasize every single one of them to the same degree. That’s where your application strategy comes in. You’ll need to decide which of these qualities you want to spotlight – and that obviously depends on the evidence and examples you can use to back up your claims of possessing those qualities.
We’ll briefly define these nine qualities so that you can use these definitions to consider which of your possible essay topics and stories will best feature these qualities. You can also use this list of qualities as a guide to evaluate the drafts you’ve written to determine whether or not you done an adequate job of highlighting these qualities:
Leadership is the ability to rally other people and motivate them to work together to achieve an important shared vision or goal.
Some candidates struggle to distinguish between an individual accomplishment story and a leadership story. The best way to tell the difference is that a leadership achievement is something that you couldn’t have accomplished on your own. Leadership is about achieving your goals by harnessing the energy of other people.
A Collaborative Nature
A collaborative nature relates to your ability to be a team player and your willingness to contribute to the success of your teammates. It’s the opposite of selfishness and self-interest.
Integrity is a big word — it has to do with honesty, ethics, and morals — and your sense of right and wrong. It boils down to character — doing the right thing, building trust with others, and keeping the promises you make to yourself and to other people.
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Analytical intelligence has to do with your ability to run the numbers, solve problems, identify patterns in information, and make data-driven decisions.
By comparison, emotional intelligence — also known as interpersonal intelligence — has to do with your aptitude for understanding other people’s feelings and your capacity as a leader for tapping into emotion to inspire your followers to realize a higher degree of success.
Creativity, or creative intelligence, relates to your ability to cope with new and unusual situations by drawing on existing knowledge and skills. It also means seeing the world in your own unique way and developing something that hasn’t existed before.
A Community Orientation
Community Orientation means that you devote energy to serving your community and making it stronger. Your community service accomplishments provide an important signal that you are a giver, not a taker. Remember, the schools are looking for students who will contribute just as much as they take away.
A Global Viewpoint has to do with life experiences that extend beyond your domestic borders. In your essays, you can emphasize your cultural and international experiences in your stories and through the global scope of your career goals.
The last of our 9 qualities, Self-Awareness, relates to your capacity to see yourself objectively, assess your own strengths and weaknesses, and learn from your mistakes, growing beyond existing limitations. The Self-evaluation essay questions we talked about in the previous lesson are a chance for you to supply evidence of your self-awareness.
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Speaking of essay questions, now that you have a better picture of the types of questions you’re going to face and the qualities you’ll want to feature. In our next course, we are going to share some best practices for choosing your topics and stories.