What's a time you exercised leadership?

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New answer on Oct 05, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 21, 2019

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replied on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

This question is a part of McKinsey personal fit Leadership dimension. Here it’s important to focus on a few things while telling your story:

  • Highlight your interpersonal skills, i.e. focus on how you felt, what you thought about how other people felt, and why you thought other people acted some way or the other (vs focusing on content of the problem);
  • Show that you are able to take initiative, also in a difficult situation like this one;
  • Demonstrate that you can efficiently work with all kinds of people, no matter how difficult they are.


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Anonymous B replied on Oct 05, 2021

Leadership can be seen in different situations and it isn't necessarily related to a leader position.

I exercised leadership in projects of our student consultancy and as board member of the student consultancy.

But also in group work for cases in my study I exercised leadership.

Also in the freetime when taking responsibility and guiding a group of friends/family can be seen as a kind of leadership.

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Andrei replied on Aug 28, 2021

when i fire or promote guys i execute leadership by optimizing  the team. 

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replied on Jul 06, 2020
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