關於我們
由深耕台灣英語教學市場多年的May與Terk成立的「里茲螞蟻文教」,以活潑、多元的教學方式,點燃許多學習者對於語言學習的熱情,成為成功的英語使用者,讓英語學習與吸收新知成為每日生活的一部份。 台灣傳統英語教育是功利主義的。過度重視考試成績與解題能力,讓英語學習沒有溫度也沒有意義。學生興趣缺缺,當然就不可能主動拿起英文的書來讀,看英文的網頁,也不可能持續學習,成為一個浪費資源的惡性循環。May老師擁有五年兒美,十五年成人英語的教學經驗,深感大部份英語學習者的挫折感就是來自缺乏學習意義,缺乏具體目標與引導,所以在教學上大量融入生活情境與社會議題,以充滿創造力的教學方式,增加英語知識與學習者之間的關連性。老師獨創的英式發音教學、天馬行空的文法訓練、以批判性思考為中心的雅思課程,將意義灌入教學,最終幫助許多人在生活與工作上實踐以英語表達自己,與各國人士交流的夢想。 學習英文不只是學一個語言,更是了解一個新的世界。我們在課程中大量補充文化知識,讓學員了解西方人的思維,比較東西方的文化差異。我們希望可以教出一群充滿自信,有國際觀的人,不只擁抱自己的文化,更充滿冒險精神。人生,本來就是一條充滿冒險的奇幻之旅!

The Top 10 Leadership Qualities

有領導能力的人具備的10項特質


最近流行的IELTS口試題目中常考到這一題,要學生描述what makes a leader? 我認為領導人要能make a decision quickly and correctly,而且還需要charisma,人要喜歡他,才會願意被他領導咩~

這篇文章提出了領導人的十個特質。同學們不妨快速看過一遍,先不要查字典,看你能不能猜出每個特質的關鍵字是什麼意思。看完後選出自己喜歡的領導特質兩三個,然後消化一下,用較自然的用口語用法說出(就像我在上課時教的summarise六分鐘英文或新聞的能力)。譬如我選了assertiveness,看完文中對於assertiveness的描述,我就可以說:

I think a leader needs to be assertive (有果斷力與自信的), which means he or she canclearly state what he expects so that there will be no misunderstandings. Its not easy to be assertive. It seems that being underassertive (不夠果斷自信) or overassertive (太過果斷自信) are the most common weakness among some political leaders in Taiwan.

 

同學可以自己試試看,不要就直接背我的,不然我怕最近考官聽到的答案都一樣,一定會發現的!

最後再來一句,I believe that I'm quite assertive but I wouldn't say I can be a great leader. A leader definitely needs to have more than one quality. 你這題就妥當啦!

 

原文出處 Source: FOCUS

 

  

Introduction

 

Leadership can be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow. Every organization needs leaders at every level. Leaders can be found and nurtured if you look for the following character traits.

A leader with vision (遠見) has a clear, vivid picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. But it’s not enough to have a vision; leaders must also share it and act upon it. Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co., said, "Good business leaders create a vision, articulate (表達) the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion (達到完成)."

A leader must be able to communicate his or her vision in terms that cause followers to buy into it. He or she must communicate clearly and passionately, as passion is contagious (熱情是會傳染的).

A good leader must have the discipline to work toward his or her vision single-mindedly, as well as to direct his or her actions and those of the team toward the goal. Action is the mark of a leader. A leader does not suffer “analysis paralysis” but is always doing something in pursuit of the vision, inspiring others to do the same.

 

Analysis



Integrity is the integration of outward actions and inner values. A person of integrity is the same on the outside and on the inside. Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might be expeditious to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers and therefore must display integrity.

Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more approachable by followers.

Dedication means spending whatever time or energy is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision. By setting an excellent example, leaders can show followers that there are no nine-to-five jobs on the team, only opportunities to achieve something great.

Magnanimity means giving credit where it is due. A magnanimous leader ensures that credit for successes is spread as widely as possible throughout the company. Conversely, a good leader takes personal responsibility for failures. This sort of reverse magnanimity helps other people feel good about themselves and draws the team closer together. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark of effective leadership.

Leaders with humility recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team. A humble leader is not self-effacing but rather tries to elevate everyone. Leaders with humility also understand that their status does not make them a god. Mahatma Gandhi is a role model for Indian leaders, and he pursued a “follower-centric” leadership role.

Openness means being able to listen to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking. Good leaders are able to suspend judgment while listening to others’ ideas, as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of. Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers, and it also keeps the team well supplied with new ideas that can further its vision.

Creativity is the ability to think differently, to get outside of the box that constrains solutions. Creativity gives leaders the ability to see things that others have not seen and thus lead followers in new directions. The most important question that a leader can ask is, “What if … ?” Possibly the worst thing a leader can say is, “I know this is a dumb question ... ”

Fairness means dealing with others consistently and justly. A leader must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. He or she must avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. When people feel they that are being treated fairly, they reward a leader with loyalty and dedication.

Assertiveness is not the same as aggressiveness. Rather, it is the ability to clearly state what one expects so that there will be no misunderstandings. A leader must be assertive to get the desired results. Along with assertiveness comes the responsibility to clearly understand what followers expect from their leader.

Many leaders have difficulty striking the right amount of assertiveness, according to a study in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, published by the APA (American Psychological Association). It seems that being underassertive or overassertive may be the most common weakness among aspiring leaders.

sense of humor is vital to relieve tension and boredom, as well as to defuse hostility. Effective leaders know how to use humor to energize followers. Humor is a form of power that provides some control over the work environment. And simply put, humor fosters good camaraderie.

Intrinsic traits such as intelligence, good looks, height and so on are not necessary to become a leader. Anyone can cultivate the proper leadership traits.

 

 

May Lin (leedsmayi@gmail.com)

 

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■ 英國里茲大學教育系英語教學碩士

 

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  • 老師您好:
    我是個計劃去英國念碩士的同學,(也是要去Leeds)
    想請教您當時是崇佑企專畢業後就去英國了嗎?
    那您是單念碩士課程而已?
    因為我有點疑惑您是五專畢業就可以申請碩士嗎?謝謝
  • 是。麻煩同學看一下我的自我介紹。我因為經歷完整,五年英語教學跟教案經驗,所以可以去念碩士。英國人很重視經驗,但現在可能規定不同了。請去問代辦或上網查了。

    Leeds Mayi 於 2011/11/06 23:27 回覆

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