Things that make me smile #8 – Are you a leader?

Things that make me smile #8 – Are you a leader?

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 12 May 2006, 10:42 AM – 1 Comment

I was Alan’s guest at ACG Grow! awards last night. Dr. Curt Crawford in his keynote talked about extreme personal leadership. Dr. Crawford also shared an interesting story

A prospective student was filling up his student application for getting into an university. He got stuck with a question on the paper

Q. Are you a leader?    Yes/No

After thinking for a while, the student marked “No.” He assumed that he would not get admission in this university and had almost given up hope.

Surprisingly, a few days later,  he got a welcome letter confirming his admission from the university. In the letter the admissions officer had written:


We are recruiting a total of 1453 applicants this year. 1452 of them say they are leaders. We are deciding to recruit you because, we thought, with so many leaders here, it would be nice to have at least one follower :)




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Anonymous  on May 16th, 2006

You should also look at other inane questions a college application asks school kids. Most of the stuff that the college is supposed to teach them are expected to be known to the high school grad: wonder why then we should fork out $100k plus for a college degree.

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