A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. Which leadership style, autocratic, democratic or laissez-faire, is the most effective?
  2. Is there such thing as a natural leader? Can a person learn to become a leader?
  3. What is the single most important quality a good leader needs?
  4. Would you say that you are a good leader?
  5. Who, in your opinion, is the greatest leader in your country's history?
  6. Do you think your country has good leadership at the moment?
  7. In what circumstances should a leader resign?
  8. In general, do you think men and women adopt different leadership styles?
  9. Do physically strong people make better leaders?
  10. Do people become better leaders as they get older?
  11. Is it a good idea for a boss to become friendly with their employees?
  12. If you were the boss of your company, what would you do first?
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How to use the leadership ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the leadership ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the leadership discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the leadership discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of leadership in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to leadership contained in the discussion questions.

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