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Show your ability to change the world

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Roughly 85% of MBA graduates believe that “business people are well-qualified to solve the most pressing problems of the world,” according to the Passion & Purpose MBA survey.

So, what does that mean for you? Those bright, young men and women want to work for leaders who share their passion for changing the world. One of their top three reasons for choosing a workplace is “opportunity to im­­pact the world.”

Here’s how to demonstrate to your team that you’re a visionary:

1. Articulate your purpose. It’s your company’s compass. Facebook’s mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” What’s yours?

2. Remember that entrepreneurial spirit is ageless. When Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank started Home Depot in 1978, they were 34 and 48 years old, respectively. If you’ve been viewing entrepreneurship as a young person’s game, shift your thinking.

3.  Seek mentorship to maintain your focus. The best leaders do. Once, when Starbucks’ Howard Schultz was on vacation in Hawaii, he ran into Michael Dell, and the two ended up taking a three-hour bike ride along the Kona coast. Dell advised Schultz on how the then-struggling company could handle Wall Street.

4. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Many world-changing entrepreneurs start with a small idea and grow with it. They don’t start big. Richard Branson sold records out of his car’s trunk.

— Adapted from “Five Lessons from World Changers,” John Coleman, Harvard Business Review blog.

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