IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Some people believe good leaders are born, whereas others hold that opinion that leadership qualities could be obtained during life. Who represents the good leader qualities?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

Leaders can be found in all spheres of life for example heads of state, managers and parents. While some people think that leadership skills are bestowed at birth, there is ample evidence to suggest these skills can be learnt. This essay will outline the issues supported with examples to prove my view.

Many personality traits and aptitudes that are associated with leadership are sometimes abundant in one person at a young age. This occurrence may lead people to conclude that such individuals are born with these skills. Examples of great leaders include Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X and William Wallace. These individuals showed great skill at such a young age. William Wallace was only in his twenties when he emerged as a leader of the society. I agree that these are some innate qualities that can predispose individuals to success in positions of power. As a result, they display these characteristics at an early age.

Despite this finding, these are multiple  evidences to suggest that leadership can be taught. One such example is the abundance of leadership programs available at universities and at work places. If this skills could not be taught, there would not be so many courses. A second evidence is the ability of humans to change behavior. A research study from the Harvard Medical School showed that the human brain can reset neural pathways to change behavior and affect performance change in others. If we can change the way we act, surely we can learn the traits of good leaders. Finally, many good leaders have faced struggles early in their lives. This demonstrates that experienced can shape an individual to have a particular strength.

It is clear from the points mentioned that leadership can be learnt. Whether the skills are be showed by serendipity or as a result of targeted learning.


Total Words: 300

Task Achievement: 7

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical resources: 7

Grammar: 7

Overall Score: Band 7

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