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IELTS Cue Card # 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 this leader or politician is
  • what so appealing is about him/her
  • what type of leader or politician he/she is

and explain why you admire him/her so much.


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 on achieving his dream for his nation.


Sample Answer 2: 
The distinguished leader whom I really like and admire is (… say the name of a politician or a leader you know about and like …) who has contributed to a great extent to make our country a better place from many perspectives. He is a mainstream politician for a long period of time. In fact, he started his political career as early as in his school life.

He has made great contributions to uplifting our economy and strengthening our relationship on the global stage. He is still taking many initiatives as an important leader of our country for the betterment of the nation. But what makes him really fascinating and unique is the fact that he is an honest and brave politician - a rare breed in the present days.

Moreover, he never compromises with the evil power of politics, never take bribes of any kind and is never intimidated by the muscle of the foreign powers. He has risked his life several times, and with his bravery, he has bought some advantageous changes in our country. He is an icon for many people, and for his honesty and bravery, he is a well-known figure in our country as well as in many parts of the world.

He is an active member of the (... say a political party name …), and never longs for power or fame till date. I can say that because he denied some proposals to chair some powerful positions in his party as well as in the country in the past. He serves the position that he feels he fits in the most. He could have easily gained a powerful position in the country but he has always led a simple life. In my opinion, his lifestyle and motto are simple but they are exemplary.

I admire him for his unmatched contribution to the people and the nation. I also like him for his aspiration to serve people and not gain power or money. We need more leaders like him in our country as well as in the world. But I regret that we have only a very few leaders like him in our country. He is an ideal leader who has put his personal benefits away while the benefits of the country and the nation are most important to him.


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

He is such a popular and beloved leader that most people love and respect him. He possesses a high political position with immense power; yet he has chosen to lead such an ordinary life that it is possible only by a dedicated, honest, good-hearted and honest leader. While he could have made a large fortune and exercise his power, like many other politicians and leaders, he has embraced responsibility, integrity, honesty and sincerity as his virtues.

The most appealing aspect about him is his honesty and fierceness for fairness and justice. He does not fear anyone when it comes to establishing social justice and people's right. Because of his invaluable contributions and dedications, many positive changes have been possible in our country. I, along with a great number of our people, love him because of his honesty, integrity, 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 contributions, our nation will progress further. I am positive that the 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:

  1. Describe a famous person in your country.

  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 made a great contribution to your city.

  5. Describe an ideal leader in your country.

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