IELTS Cue Card Sample 161 - Describe a leader or a politician whom you admire

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a leader or a politician whom you admire.

You should say:

  • who he/she is/was
  • what so appealing is about him/her
  • what type of leader or politician he/she is/was

and explain why do you admire him /her.


Model Answer 1:
If we ask ourselves as to how many leaders or politicians in this world have managed to become prime minister of a country at the age of 91 again after serving in the same capacity as a prime minister for about 22 years in the past? Well, the answer is, probably only one.

His name is Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, the sitting prime minister of Malaysia, who has made it almost a habit to defeat his political opponent at ease. Otherwise, how possibly an old person of his age can make such a strong comeback in politics after remaining politically inactive, apart from criticizing his successor every once in a while, for almost 15 years! What’s the secret behind such an enviable accomplishment?

Well, there could be many reasons, one could possibly guess for that, but one thing, for sure, is certain that he is from a completely different breed of politicians who is able to show his guts and grits in the face of extreme adversity unlike anybody else. In fact, very few leaders in this world have managed to remain calm and lead on to transform a third world country into a role model of economic success for all the countries around the world. Besides, as a politician of simple nature, who always likes to put the interest of his people ahead of everything else, one of the most appealing things about this great political leader is that he is never afraid to voice out his opposition to all kinds of oppression.
Anyway, I admire this person because of his visionary leadership and statesmanship who completely changed the face of Malaysia from a third world country to a regional economic powerhouse within just 22 years. Some people may passionately call him a “benevolent dictator”, but his intention to listen to his people carefully certainly makes a very admirable person, not only among his own people but also to people from the rest of the world. Finally, I admire him also because he never likes to give up in achieving his dream for his nation.


Sample Answer 2: 
The leader I really like and admire is (…say the name of a politician or a leader you know about…) who had great contributions to make our country a better place. He was a mainstream politician for a long and was involved in active politics from his school life. He had a great contribution to our freedom fighting as well as in several other activities for the betterment of our nation. He lived from 1940 till 2000 and his death was a great loss for the nation. 

He was an honest and brave politician which has become rare in present days. He never compromised with the evil power of politics and foreign powers. He had risked his life several times and with his bravery, he had bought some advantageous changes in the country. He was an idol for the nations and for his honesty and bravery he is a well-known figure in the world. 

He was an active member of the (...say a political party name…) and never longed for power or fame. He could have easily gained a powerful position in the country but he had always led a simple and yet exemplary life. 

I admire him for his unmatched contribution to the country and for the nation. We need many leaders like him and I regret the fact that we have only very few leaders like him in our country. He was an ideal leader who has put his personal benefits away while he thought for the benefits of the country and the nation.  


Sample Answer 3:
As a nation, we are proud to have many legendary and visionary leaders who had shaped our fortune and devoted their lives and time to build the country. Among those impressive leaders and politicians, I would pick (...say a famous leader's name...) as my most favourite leader whom I really admire and respect.

He is such a popular and beloved leader that I have found that most of the people like and admire him. He possesses a very high political position with really immense power and yet he has chosen to lead such an ordinary and poor life that it is possible only by a dedicated, honest, good-hearted and completely honest leader. While he could have made a great fortune and could have exercised his power like many other politicians and leaders, he has chosen the honesty, integrity, responsibility and truth as his virtues.

The most appealing part about him is his honesty and fierceness for the truth and just. He does not fear anyone as long as it is to establish the just and right. Because of his invaluable contribution and dedication to many positive changes have been made in our country. I, like many others, like him because of his honesty, truthfulness, and fight for justice, dedication, patriotism, and benevolent attitude to the poor people. He is a rare politician in this era of corruption and selfishness. The world needs more leaders like him to make it a better place.

I am sure with his contribution our nation will progress further. The vision and leadership quality of this politician would inspire the young party members to contribute towards the betterment of the nation.

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics:

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  2. Describe an honest leader or politician in your country.

  3. Describe a well-known person in your country.

  4. Describe a person who has a great contribution to your city.

  5. Describe an ideal leader in your country.

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