Mckinsey PEI

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Anonymous A asked on Mar 24, 2021

Hi.... I'm a bit confused between Mckinsey's leadership and personal impact questions? Is conflict resolution the main theme of personal impact or leadership??

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Florian
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replied on Mar 25, 2021
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Hey there,

I would not see it as the main theme for either, but rather one of the elements that could make for a good story.

In general, leadership is about you demonstrating to be an effective leader, who is able to reach a goal with a team or work through a challenging situation. Solving conflicts might be part of that.

Personal impact is about facilitating something (an opinion, recommendation, plan, etc.) by convincing a person or even making them an ally. Again, conflict might be part of that, but the situation could also be 'softer'.

If you want to read more about what to tell and how to structure the PEI, check out this article I wrote: https://strategycase.com/mckinsey-personal-experience-interview-the-only-post-you-need-to-read

Cheers,

Florian

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Ken
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It can be both but neither need to be specifically about conflict where it could be more persuasion, alignment, influence, etc.. The key difference is that personal impact is more about how you resolved conflict with another individual vs. inclusive leadership which more about how you resolved conflict within a diverse group of people.

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Ian
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Gaurav
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As Ken stated, it can be both, depending on the situation. The personal impact would test your communicating abilities with other people, colleagues. Leadership will seek to understand how you resolve massive conflicts in a tensed working environment.

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Clara
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Hello!

That is an excellent question (I precisely always start the FIT coaching sessions with the clear definition of what is what, since the namings are totally misleading).

  • Leadership: overcoming obstables, leading yourself or others towards complex goals
  • Personal impact: difficult stakeholder management situations (e.g., persuasion, conflicts, etc.)

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