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example, if Bird were writing his own HBS leadership essay (#3) in 400 words 21 , he might have just talked about the morale of the team and his dedication to improving it. What made Bird’s leadership example truly memorable was the way he conducted that discussion, and any HBS 22 essay that omitted such detail, unfortunately might not have earned even a highlighting mark from the adcom reviewing team. For example, Bird describes the moment he sat 30 Ratatouille developers down and told them that the past year’s work was off the mark—the computer and artistic work were well done but would not connect audiences with the growth and development of the movie’s main character. Bird says: “I stopped and thought for a second. I thought, these guys have been sent down blind alleys for a couple of years. They want to know that I’m not doing anything lightly and that if I’m going to make them do a bunch more work, it’s for a reason. So I said, ‘This movie is about a rat who wants to enter the human world. We have to make that a visual choice for the character. If you have all of the rats walking on two legs, there’s no separation between him and the other rats. If we have this separation as a visual device, we can see the character make his transformation and choose to be on two legs, and he can become more or less 18 19 20 - view_with_Oscar-winning_director_Brad_Bird_2127 21 - questions-and-deadline.html 22
Copyright © 2010 Linda Abraham - - 14 - Leadership in Admissions - The Leadership Essay ratty, depending on his emotional state. That brings the audience into the character’s mind.’ “I spent six minutes saying all this and the guy was initially scowling. But gradually the scowl went away, and he said, ‘OK.’ Once I gave that answer, everyone felt, ‘OK, we’re on this ship and we’re going toward a definite destination.’” That story immediately grabs the reader: It shows introspection, vision, and true leadership. Bird obviously understands what it takes to motivate people to excel, and that talent is a fundamental ingredient to innovation. His ability to translate motivation and morale into action and results transform him into a truly exemplary leader. The details in Bird’s thought process and the implementation of his ideas make his Ratatouille experience a truly compelling story. Similar details comprise the best application essays 23 . They present that connection between thought, action, and impact that demonstrates the applicant is worthy of a place in the top programs.

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