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Analysis of UVA / Darden Essay 1: Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization.

Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization. (500 words)

New to Darden’s application, but similar to last year’s second topic, this essay gives applicants the opportunity to discuss their perspective on leadership and to offer their thoughts how globalization has shaped this perception.  It’s important that applicants follow Darden’s instructions and include their general observations on leadership as well as a detailed discussion of the influence of globalization on how they view leadership in the workplace.

Ideally, applicants will use an example from the workplace that highlights them in a leading and active role to explain the origin of their perspective on leadership.  As there isn’t much space for elaborating on one’s professional experience and achievements in other essay questions, it’s crucial to take full advantage of this chance to do so.  No matter how you choose to frame how globalization has affected your perception of leadership, the admissions committee is looking for applicants who are clearly attuned to current realities, have thoughtful ideas about leadership, can adapt to changing circumstances, and are prepared for increasingly global management positions down the road.

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