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Talking about rumours

Listen to two people talking about a colleague to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


A Good teacher should be qualified enough to teach students. He should keep difference between good and weak students. Teacher or Boss should be kind to his juniors or students so that they can learn from their teacher whole heartedly.

In my opinion, a good boss should know his rights and obligations, make the right decisions at the right time, be able to lead his team effectively following an accurate strategy. Honesty, empathy, cleverness, respect and emotional intelligence are some of his qualities. Furthermore, he should be a qualified, skilled person and experienced in managing people. It is necessary for a boss to know how to motivate his people, recognize their work, demonstrate trust and be not only a boss who gives orders but also the mentor who inspires, helps and gives advice when it is necessary.

A good bose must be a good leader, who leads his team and address them as equal. When someone does well in the team his/her responsibilities must be appreciated team's work so they can perform well their daily or given task happily. On the other hand, a bad boss who doesn't support or cheer for his/her team for their performance should not be a leader.

A good boss must be a coach, make his team able to take good decisions and fix problems by themselves, it must encourage his team, listen, learn and not get upset when the team are not agree with some of the ideas. It must be confidence and readiness. Like boss or a person in a high position could look scary to others in the company, likewise is really unfair and gets me mad when those people take advantage of his power and hurt people, steal his ideas or abuse them in any other way.

I reckon a good boss is the one who is able to treat his/her employees as a leader and as a friend at the same time. Besides, he or she should be able to communicate with the rest of the team in an assertive way. Many times, they (bosses) are under preasure because they usually have huge responsabilities, and this fact makes that they treat you rudely.
Cheers from Madrid.

I do not agree with that if people in the workplace will take credit for other's ideas, even if he would be a boss in the office.
Being in someone's good books would not help if the employee has not a creative idea. A genius Boss might be reached praises, but it doesn't mean you have to keep your mouth shut in front of him.

According to the name, "Boss" is like a person that only given orders or assignments whereas a "Leader" is a person who act such as guide align to the company goals or team goals to improve their results in orden to get the best results, hence a good boss should be a leader, and having the skills and capabilities for their team walking successfully, is a person who harness the best skills in each one member of their team and help to find out better ways to the work.

Honestly, talking about good or bad boss' behaviour we talking about behaviour in general. I don't think a "good" boss act opposite in his private life or a "bad" boss becomes such a lovely person outside the office. Of course, I don't mean professional qualifications. If one's doesn't skilled enough to cope with the bank or factory, just because he/she doesn't have much experience and knowledge, he will be a bad boss, no matter how kind and wise he is. You just must be quite confident in that sphere you're working in.
But, irrespective of your readiness as a professional, you have to know how to communicate with people. No one can do one's work by oneself. And even if your job doesn't need a teamwork, you anyway can't escape interaction with others.
So, the main point of being a "good boss" is communication. The good one has to be qualified (to make the right decisions), fair, and convincing. The good boss also has to know how motivate people and even better ру has to know how to point out some errors tactful way.

Peter M
thanks for your notes. you are right.

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
Kiera: It won an award, didn't it?
The question:
Pronoun 'it' refers to 'idea of kiera' or refers to John????
The second:
About 'it' as dummy subject or object.

The question:
Anything of 'it' from this lesson as dummy subject or object???
Thank you very much for your answer