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IELTS Speaking Part 3 question on the topic of leadership

What are the qualities of a good leader?
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I heard from a candidate recently that one of the IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions in their test was about the qualities of a good leader.

As it’s possible that you could get the same (or a similar) IELTS Speaking Part 3 question in your test, it would be a good idea to think about your ideas on this topic now.

To help you do this, here’s a link to an audio recording of some native English speakers answering this question. The recording is from the elllo.org website and includes speakers from England, the USA and Canada.

What are the qualities of a good leader?

Like some of the native speakers in the recording, you can explain your ideas about the qualities of a good leader using the following grammatical structures:

  • needs to… (e.g. I think a good leader needs to be…)
  • have/has to… (e.g. I think a good leader has to be…)
  • the most important quality of… (e.g. I’d say that the most important quality of a good leader is…)

In terms of vocabulary, if you listen to the recording, you’ll notice how each of the speakers uses at least one adjective (e.g. ‘confident‘ or ‘adaptable‘) to describe a quality.

Which of the following adjectives would you use to describe the qualities of a good leader? (You can click on any of the words in the list for a dictionary definition).

Using some less common vocabulary like ‘adaptable‘, ‘charismatic‘, ‘open-minded‘ or ‘compassionate‘ may help you get a higher IELTS Speaking band score.

Here’s what it says in the public version of the official IELTS descriptors for vocabulary in speaking:

  • IELTS band score 7: “[Candidate] uses some less common vocabulary…”

Let me know how you would answer this IELTS Speaking Part 3 question by leaving a comment below.

Pete

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2 comments on “IELTS Speaking Part 3 question on the topic of leadership

  1. Hi Pete!

    Can you suggest more about 2nd part of speaking test? I mean for Cue Card preparation.
    I can develop ideas by planning but when I start speaking it’s getting unorganised, and sometimes I go blank. I am targeting 7 or more band. I have already got 6 but that is not enough.

    Regards

    1. Thanks for your question, Javed. I’m sure a lot of other IELTS candidates also find Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test difficult.

      For some advice about this part of the Speaking test, have a look at this video on YouTube.

      To see how fluent you need to be to get a band score 7.0, have a look at this blog post.

      And remember, in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test, you can make notes in the minute before you start speaking and then look at them during your two minute talk if you forget what you were going to say.

      Good luck,

      Pete

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