Management Styles

A selection of business English discussion questions.

  1. What would you say is the purpose of management?
  2. Have you ever worked for a good manager?
  3. Why do you think people decide to become managers?
  4. Do you think you have the skills to be a good manager?
  5. What is the biggest mistake a manager can make?
  6. Is it possible to be a manager and be close friends with your staff?
  7. Can an autocratic leadership style ever achieve positive results?
  8. Does a democratic approach to leadership always work?
  9. Why do some managers adopt a laissez-faire approach? Does it work?
  10. What sort of tasks do you think should be centralised in a large company?
  11. What would happen to your company if all the managers suddenly left?
  12. In general, what would you say makes a successful manager?
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