Boss or Leader?

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students discussing leadership roles and qualities in an online English lesson, with a video explaining the difference between a boss and a leader.

Lesson Description

Do you have what it takes to call the shots? In this lesson, students will discuss the topic of leadership and the roles and qualities of a leader in the modern world. This lesson features a video that explains the difference between being a boss and a leader. Students will learn and practice vocabulary 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 leadership

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


Do you work with a boss or a leader? Does he/she point fingers or extend a hand? Watch this video to find out the difference between a boss and a leader.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

call the shots [idiom]: to take the initiative in deciding how something should be done
leadership [noun]: the action of leading a group of people or an organization; guidance
burden [noun]: a heavy load or weight
visionary [noun]: a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like
goal-setter [noun]: a person decides what you want to achieve or what you want someone else to achieve over a particular period
competent [adjective]: having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully
decisive [adjective]: (of a person) having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively
newbie [noun]: an inexperienced newcomer to a particular activity
transparent [adjective]: having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived
solicit [verb]: to ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone
model [verb]: to use (a system, procedure, etc.) as an example to follow or imitate
capacity [noun]: the ability to do something in particular
Other materials you may be interested in