Talking About Leadership (Int)


Students will be able to discuss the qualities of a good team leader.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Management

Warm Up (5 mins)

 Are there any business leaders you admire? Who?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video. Complete the following sentences based on what the speaker says.

1. A company is simply a group of _______ .

2. As a leader of people, you have to be a great _______ . You have to be a great motivator. You have to be very good at __________ and looking for the best in people.

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

What are some of the qualities of a good leader that the author describes?

Pronunciation (5 mins)

"ti" and "tee" Sounds

Pronunciation Point: 

Some Japanese students will mis-pronounce the "ti" sound as a "chi" sound and the "tee" sound as a "chee" sound.

e.g. tip - chip



tip - chip

In North America the customer will often leave a tip for the waitress.

team - cheem

Our team won the final game of the season.

Unscramble the following sentences and say them using correct pronounciation.

needs / every successful / leaders and followers / team.

tips on / the new managers / we gave / some / successful leadership.

to the driver / in New York / pay a tip / when you catch a taxi / don't forget to

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionExample sentence
teamworkThe side with the best teamwork usually wins a soccer game.
team membersOur company usually recruits new team members in April.
team leaderWhen our team leader retires a replacement will be hired from outside the company.

 How many original sentences can you make, using the above expressions?

Role Play (15 mins)

Jeff:So Yuki. I heard your team has a new boss.
Yuki:That's right. Our old team leader resigned last month and his replacement, Mr Tanaka, started 2 weeks ago.
Jeff:So what do you think?
Yuki:So far so good. He seems to be a good communicator and he says he will try to be fair with all of the staff.
Jeff:That sounds good. My team leader is a nice guy but he's just not very well organized.
Yuki:That's too bad. Is it affecting your performance?
Jeff:A little. But fortunately my co-workers and I have good teamwork so we can support each other if there are any problems.
Yuki:I'm glad to hear that.

 Try changing and re-enacting the role play. Imagine you are two co-workers talking about your own bosses.

Extension Activity

 Which do you think is more important for becoming a leader; experience or personal qualities?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

 Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !