When a crisis strikes, a good leader…

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  • C1
  • C2
  • Business

Describing good and bad leaders

leadership lesson plan


This leadership lesson plan is based on a short video in which the speaker, Amy C. Edmondson gives advice on how to lead in crisis. The worksheet focuses on speaking and vocabulary activities for advanced students.

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


The lesson plan starts with two quotes by two people mentioned by the speaker in the video: Ed Bastian (CEO of Delta Air Lines, Inc.) and Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand Prime Minister). Students can discuss them in pairs or groups. Next, students read a list of words that are used to describe leaders and discuss a few questions. The list includes words that represent positive and negative personality traits such as autocrat, demagogue, facilitator, pacesetter, torchbearer, etc.


Before watching the video, students get two vocabulary activities. First, they have to complete gaps in a few sentences with correct words (which they have to come up with themselves). Then, they read the same sentences again and by answering a couple of questions find some words and phrases. The vocabulary is taken from the video and practising it should make it easier for students to watch the video and do comprehension tasks.


As a lead‐in to the video, students discuss some questions about leading efficiently in crisis. In the first listening comprehension task, students watch the video and explain each piece of advice given by the speaker using one sentence. Next, they watch the video again and this time answer comprehension questions and go into more details. Finally, this leadership lesson plan ends with a short discussion on pieces of advice given by the speaker and students’ own experiences.



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  1. helinenunes

    Great class, a lot of interesting vocabulary! Thank you.


    1. Justa

      Thanks! Glad to hear that!


  2. simplyenglish3city

    I cant open the student plan.
    can you help please?


    1. Justa

      We had a minor technical glitch with that lesson plan, but it should work fine now. Check it out!


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