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  • Can Anyone Learn to be a Great Leader? – Business English

    Do you think it is possible for any company or business leader to become great? Do you think it’s possible to follow a formula, or pattern, that can make you the next Steve Jobs, or make your company the next Apple?

    Honestly, I’ve seen and read lots of blogs, videos and books that claim to have the right advice to make you and your business successful, and I’m skeptical. I think that ideas and philosophies about business can be helpful, and can give you an advantage, but ultimately it always takes hard work, day by day, and hour by hour, year after year to really make things happen.

    Still, I find the very popular TED video below interesting. The speaker uses a lot of phrases that are common in business English, especially in the tech industry. Watch it, then see if you can answer the questions below in comments.

    The video is long (in internet time) so we’ve made the exercise for the first 5 minutes only.

    Answer the questions in comments, and we will respond.

    1. How do you explain when others are able to achieve things that ___ ___ __ __ _______?

    2. Why does he use Apple as an example?

    3. The Wright brothers ___ them __ __.

    4. What does the phrasal verb above mean?

    5. There’s something else __ ___ here.

    6. What does the above phrase mean?

    7. Do you agree that all successful leaders and organizations “all think, act, communicate the exact same way?”

    8. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Do you agree with that statement?

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