I’m preparing for my Wharton interviews on Thursday and have compiled a list of questions from accepted.com, clearadmit.com, and random blogs. While most of the questions are pretty straightforward, I’m stumped by the question in the title.
Tell me about a leader you admire.
My answer (Oprah Winfrey) is cliche, and I would like to avoid cliche. However, I truly do admire Oprah Winfrey. She came from nothing and overcame sexual abuse, racism, and sexism to become one of the most influential people in the world. When Oprah speaks, people listen. She exposes the masses to otherwise ignored atrocities around the world (Darfur + George Clooney = attention), educates girls in Africa, and commits large sums of her own money to causes she believes in. What’s not to admire?
Help me find a better answer, blogosphere!
I admire Bill & Melinda Gates’ commitment to education reform and the eradication of curable diseases in the third world. However, I’m not sure I admire his business practices (as evidenced on the Simpsons).
I admire Queen Noor for breaking down barriers for women in the Middle East and for her commitment to educating the West about Middle Eastern culture.
I admire John Coltrane for his pursuit of innovation. But he was a heroin junkie.