T1：Describe the characteristics a good leader should have.
What do you think is the most important quality for a leader to have?
Well in my opinion, a good leader should have the following characteristics: first, honesty. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy. A good leader needs to be trusted and known to live his life with honesty and integrity; or in other words, “walk the talk/practice what he preaches” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others; otherwise, no one will be serious about his words or orders; then leadership will become a joke. Second, communication skills. Being able to clearly and succinctly describe and convince others what you want to achieve is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, your people will be confused and distracted, and won’t be able to work towards the same goal.
I think a good leader should at least be responsible. Otherwise if anything happens, no matter good or bad, the team may just fall apart. I used to take part in a play club. And one time we got this real great opportunity to represent the school and compete with other play clubs in the region. All members of the club were thrilled and eager to win. We had to solve problems in casting, adapting the script and rehearsing of course. But the club leader, who should be making big decisions wasn’t even there the whole time. He missed out some important meetings and left us hang there. Some of us understood it was his final year, the schoolwork was overloaded, but he should at least explain or assign somebody to take his part and do the right job. In the end however, it didn’t turn out that bad. We won the third place, the club leader went upstage and got the award. All seemed good. But our club fell apart within a week.