Being a Team Leader

Tom Panas - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom | February 22, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Leadership, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
First page of the ESL lesson plan about leadership

Lesson Overview

Do you have what it takes to call the shots? In this lesson, students will discuss the topic of leading a team. This lesson features a video about the qualities and behaviors of a good leader. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of leading a team

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


Are you a good team leader? Should the employee in the most senior position lead the team every time? Watch this video to learn about some of the best strategies managers should use when leading a team.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

call the shots [idiom]: take the initiative in deciding how something should be done
delegate [verb]: entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself
vision [noun]: the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom
set a strategy [verb phrase]: to plan an action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim
adopt [verb]: choose to take up, follow, or use
compromise [verb]: to make a shameful or disrespectful concession; to find or follow a way between extremes
empower [verb]: make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their right
garner [verb]: gather or collect (something, especially information or approval)
instill [verb]: gradually but firmly establish (an idea or attitude) in a person's mind
refrain [verb]: stop oneself from doing something
morale [noun]: the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time
initiative [noun]: the ability to assess and initiate things independently; the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do
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