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Talking about rumours

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

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Bosses should be leaders. They must encourage and motivate their workers to get the best result with all efficiency. Creating a good relationship between workers and bosses is the key to have a great work atmosphere. Everybody may have a bad day, that's because bosses could get angry for silly things, but workers are humans, we generally don't like when someone is shouting at us, so supporting workers must have a lot of importance for being a good leader.

a good boss should be a real leader who can inspire motivate and support his employers , moreover , he's supposed to be competent , and clear-headed about the way of leading his employers in order to increase productivity and achieve company's goals. more than that a boss should take care of his employers and be aware of there problems , and be engaged to find solutions for them , by way of conclusion a real boss represents a combination of professional and human qualities .

what makes a good boos is communication and respect his employees , and never look down at his employees especially if its a woman


A good boss listen and give awards for the job good done. He has all the team in his good books because build confidence and give feedback. The good boss search new scenarios for the development of his team, recognize his emotions and act with example.

Hello teachers,

While I was writing my comment I was wondering how can I say 'a good boss', 'a bad boss' , ' employees' and 'colleagues' in different ways. I mean, can you tell me some synonyms of these words or please link me to any page or website where I can learn them. In addition, please tell all of us how can we learn synonyms easily.

Thank you

Hello Navreet Bhardwaj

You can often find synonyms in a good online dictionary, e.g. Cambridge or Longman. You can also search for synonyms and antonyms in a thesaurus, though please note that not all synonyms are appropriate in every situation. I'm afraid there is no quick and easy way to learn synonyms -- the best way is to read as much as you can.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

In my opinion, there are plathora of indispensable features that a good boss should have and some of them are more crucial than the other ones.

First of all, a good boss should have great vision to forecast the trends for the betterment of the company. In this way, he can set some goals, give profit warnings and many other efforts to increase the profit margin.

Effective communication skills are quintessential while talking about a good boss. If a boss has this skill in his skill set, he can give clear instructions to his employees which in turn will save several human resources like money time and energy.

Finally, a good boss should keep both his employees and colleagues motivated. By this, he can encourage them to achieve short-term and long-term goals set by the company.

On the other hand, a bad boss, undoubtedly, lacks all these skills. Moreover, he doesn't have good relationship with his fellow workers and employees.

What makes a good and bad boss are highlighted below:
Good Boss Attributes.
- Being visionary in contexts to firm's objective.
- Have good communication skill to work with subordinates.
- Interacts professionally with subordinates.
- Delegates authority.
- Supervising, monitoring and evaluating task with the spirit of team working with subordinates.
- Motivates its subordinates.
Bad Boss Attributes.
- Lack good communication skills in dealing with subordinates.
- Lacks vision.
- Hostile and harsh relationship with subordinates.
- No delegation of authority.
- Lacks motivational skills.

In my opinion John wasn't a good boss. Why would a boss steal ideas from his own workers to keep the benefit for himself? I understand that everyone has a different way to think but he didn't really think about it. Letting that girl make her project and winning the award would have made the business look much better. Also, why does he need to scream and shout? I think he is just a selfish person that wants to be the best and doesn't accept others progress. It's good that he gets fired, maybe he will learn about it and he will change.