IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions & Answers – Topic: Leadership
– What are the main qualities of being a good leader?
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The definition of an ideal leader varies from people to people for good reasons, I suppose. As far as I’m concerned, a leader who is a true influencer and would leave great impacts on his people is someone who is a man of his word, knowledgeable and inspiring with a visionary mindset. It’s an undeniable truth that neither an organization nor any person wants to be led by those who are pretentious and lack of capacity and vision. We all need those who take actions and are ahead of their time to guide us to a better place.
– How do you see a leader now and in the future?
I personally don’t think there would be much difference between leaders now and some time in the future for their core values are much likely to be the same. By this, I mean most true leaders tend to operate on similar principles such as innovation, integrity, positivity and so on. Not all these characteristics would be acquired or presented by all leaders but some of them would. Hence, in spite of living in different times, leaders would still be those with some particular admirable traits that are distinguishable.
– Do you think there will be changes?
Well, changes are inevitable since they are the causes of any advancement. Therefore, it’s not surprising that there might be some alterations in leadership style and their effects. If we trace back history, the differences are noticeable. Many emperors or royal governors in ancient time ruled their kingdom by inflicting fear and pain on their people, which flatly contradicts how leaders conquer others’ minds and hearts nowadays. Modern leaders no longer impose anything on anyone but inspire them with their vision and yearning for a better life.
– How does leadership apply to children at school?
Leadership is not only adults’ realm but people of all ages can practice it, including children. Most are not natural-born leaders, instead, they are likely to go through painstaking processes to attain certain skills since they were young. For example, kids with a leadership mindset probably stand out for their initiation, persistence and optimism. If they take part in group activities, potential leaders are usually those who take on team leader roles and enthusiastically enjoy the game as well as encourage others to do the same.
Useful vocabularies and expressions:
- vary (v): to change or be different according to the situation
- influencer (n): a person or thing that influences
- man of his word: people who do what they say they will do
- visionary (n): original and showing the ability to think about or plan the future with great imagination and intelligence
- pretentious (a): trying to appear important, intelligent, etc. in order to impress other people; trying to be something that you are not, in order to impress
- ahead of one’s time: having ideas or attitudes that are too advanced to be acceptable in the present
- innovation (n): a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered
- integrity (n): the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
- acquire (v): to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour
- admirable (a): having qualities that you admire and respect
- trait (n): a particular quality in your personality
- distinguishable (a): that can be recognized as different from somebody/something else
- inevitable (a): that you cannot avoid or prevent
- alteration (n): a change to something that makes it different
- inflict (v): to make somebody/something suffer something unpleasant
- contradict (v): to be so different from each other that one of them must be wrong
- conquer (v): to succeed in dealing with or controlling something
- impose something (on/upon somebody) (v): to make somebody accept the same opinions, wishes, etc. as your own
- yearning (n): a strong and emotional desire
- realm (n): an area of activity, interest, or knowledge
- natural-born (a): having a natural ability or skill that you have not had to learn
- painstaking (a): needing a lot of care, effort and attention to detail
- attain (v): to succeed in getting something, usually after a lot of effort
- initiation (n): the act of starting something
- persistence (n): the fact of continuing to try to do something despite difficulties, especially when other people are against you and think that you are being annoying or unreasonable
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