Talking About Leadership (Beg)


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

Warm Up (5 mins)

 What percentage of your work time do you think you spend on each of the following?

Activity Percentage of time
Reading reports / emails %
Writing reports / emails %
Talking on the telephone %
Face to face meetings %
Business travel %
Other %

Do you think your boss has different time percentages?

Listening (5 mins)

Listen to the audio and answer the questions.

1. How many staff does the speaker manage?

a) Sixteen

b) Six

c) Sixty

2. Her goal is to make sure her customers have a great _______ experience.

a) Dining

b) Dancing

c) Travelling

3. She has to make sure the staff have all the equipment, _______ and other things they need.

a) Food supplies

b) Money

c) Orders

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Do you think you have some of these qualities? Which ones?

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.

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentences and read the paragraph using correct pronunciation.

Every successful ( tip / team ) needs leaders and followers. 

So here is an important ( team / tip ). Find out which skills each person has before you start the project.

Some ( team members / teamwork ) may be better at leading some tasks while others  will be better at leading other tasks.

This way, with co-operation and ( tip / teamwork ), everyone has a chance to show their leadership abilities.

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.
team spiritWe try to maintain a good team spirit by supporting each other in difficult times.
team buildingOur manager took everybody to lunch as a team building event.

What does each of the above words or expressions mean?

How many original sentences can you make, using them?

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 about him?
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 the most important to be a good leader - experience, technical skill or personality?

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 !