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Essay Test For Managers

It's been a while since many of us had to respond to an essay question. How do we ensure success?

As change managers, communication is a core competency - we write all of the time! Leveraging those skills for your essay questions will go along way to strengthen your answer.

Basic Facts

  • There are five essay questions - You only need to answer three
  • Each question relates to one of the five process groups in The Standard
  • You are not graded on grammar as English is not the primary language for all applicants
  • You can use the same examples in more than one essay
  • Responses are confidential, though you can use pseudonyms to refer to clients


Ensure you Understand the Complete Question. The most common issue with essay responses is not answering the right question, or not answering it completely. Ensure you understand all of the elements.

  • Read the question carefully, then read it again
  • Ensure you understand what specifically is being asked 
  • Ensure you understand all the elements being asked

Begin with Brainstorming. Before you begin writing the response, take some time to think about ideas, experiences and examples that will answer the question.  

  • Jot down all your ideas
  • List experiences that relate to the question
  • Prioritize your list of ideas and experiences to select the best

Write a Draft. Be Specific and Use Your Experience. It's not recommended to write directly in the application form. Give yourself more space to work and don't worry about length yet. It's easier to remove than add once you are done.

If you are too 'high level' or respond in a 'general' way, it's hard to determine that you know how to handle the question in a practical way. If referencing best practice, rules of thumb or bodies of work, provide a clear explanation of what you did or would do in relation to those things. Use examples to demonstrate your experience.

  • Open a word processor
  • Keep writing until you feel you have covered all of the critical elements


  • How would you handle the situation presented?
  • Based on your experience, what is most important to consider?
  • Which elements have you learned to pay particular attention?
  • What would you avoid based on your experience?

Review and Edit. Review your essay response several times by reading it out lound to ensure it:

  • Clearly communicates your message.
  • Is no more than 500 words.
  • Chapter 02

    Leadership and management development, and organizational strategies

  • Chapter 03

    Contextual factors in leadership and management development

  • Chapter 04

    The history of leadership and management development

  • Chapter 05

    The nature of leadership and management

  • Chapter 06

    How does learning occur in leadership and management development?

  • Chapter 07

    Individual differences in leadership and management development: why not clone managers?

  • Chapter 08

    Leadership and management development processes to add value

  • Chapter 09

    Design and delivery of leadership and management development interventions

  • Chapter 10

    Evaluation of leadership and management development

  • Chapter 11

    Developing leaders and managers for a diverse workforce

  • Chapter 12

    Developing ethical leaders and managers

  • Chapter 13

    Developing leaders and managers with a global competence

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