88 Leadership


Various people share the qualities of a good leader.

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Paul / England
speakerI think if we're talking about a leader of a country, then first of all I think the person has to be strong. They have to have their ideas of what they want to do and they have to do it, but at the same time, they have to also be adaptable to situations, but mainly I think the person has to be strong and has to be able to deal with stressful situations, and make important decisions at the right time.

Lindsay / United States
speakerI think that a good leader needs to be charismatic to get people to trust them and to like them. I also think that good leaders needs to be responsible, and be aware of the people that are around them to be able to help them.

Jeff / Canada
speakerA good leader? I guess a good leader has to be confident enough in his or her own decision to choose a direction and just go for it and inspire confidence in the people who are following him or her, but at the same time, they have to be open minded enough to recognize when they made a mistake, so I would say those are the two things: confidence and open-mindedness.

Helen / Canada
speakerA good leader? I guess is someone who is compassionate, but who also knows how to lay down the law. Someone who can enforce the rules, but also is able to listen to his workers and the people underneath him ... or her.

Eoin / England
speakerI think a good leader needs to be firm , decisive, but also willing to listen to the opinions and ideas of the people who work beneath him or her.

Lori / Canada
speakerMmm! A good leader? I mean, number one, I would say be compassionate and understanding of the people you're leading, but also having charisma and self-confindence is really important.

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adaptable

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They have to also be adaptable to many different situations.

When someone is 'adaptable' it means that they can easily make changes if they need to. Here are two more examples:

  1. The reason why crocodiles did not die when the dinosaurs died is because they are so adaptable to different kinds of weather.
  2. I like traveling with you because you are so adaptable. Wherever we go, whatever we do, you are happy.

charismatic

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I think that a good leader needs to be charismatic to get people to trust them and to like them.

A 'charismatic' person is a person who is good with people and have characteristics that attract attention. When they speak, people listen. See additional uses below:

  1. He isn’t a great singer, but he has a lot of charisma so he’s good on stage.
  2. I’d rather have a leader who is smart and efficient than a leader who is charismatic.

compassionate

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I guess a good leader is someone who is compassionate, but who also knows how to lay down the law.

A person who is 'compassionate' understands other people's problems. Notice the following examples:

  1. Some teachers have a lot of compassion for students, but some teachers are more cold-hearted.
  2. Religion often teaches people to be compassionate.

lay down the law

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I guess a good leader is someone who is compassionate, but who also knows how to lay down the law.

If someone is 'laying down the law' it means that they are being strict or making sure that everyone is following the rules. Here are two more sample sentences:

  1. My dad isn’t very strict, but my mom knows how to lay down the law.
  2. Some teachers spend all their time laying down the law, but don’t do very much teaching.

decisive

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I think a good leader needs to be decisive.

A 'decisive' person is able to make decisions, even difficult ones, quickly. The opposite is 'indecisive.' See additional examples below:

  1. Decisiveness isn’t always a good thing. Sometimes it’s better to make the right choice than to make a choice quickly.
  2. I’m feeling very indecisive about this, can you help me make a decision?
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
adaptable • charismatic • compassionate
lay down • decisive
  1. It is important that you the law in the first day of class so the students know the rules.
  2. We don't have time for you to think about this forever. You need to be now.
  3. We hired him because he is good at problem solving and is to many different situations.
  4. It is helpful if politicians are speakers.
  5. Doing volunteer work with homeless people taught him to be a more person.