TOEFL Essay Topic 58 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Businesses should do anything they can to make a profit. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
Author: KUNIAKI SAITO | Date: October 11, 2017 | Score:5
I disagree with the idea that businesses should do anything that they can do to make a profit. Some people may support this opinion, but I am opposed to it. I would like to clear my position in the following paragraphs with detailed reasons.First and foremost, the purpose of businesses is not...
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Some people agree with the statement that the most important characteristic of a leader is to accept responsibility for mistakes. Other people disagree with it. If asked, both sides will provide logical reasons to support their stance. Personally, I agree with the idea that the most important characteristic of a leader is to accept responsibility for mistakes. Let me show you why.
First of all, if you do not have any liability as a member of a group, you can feel free to do your job. This will enhance the possibility of coming up with intuitive and creative idea. This is exemplified by my own experience. When I was a freshman at university, I attended a literature class. In the class, we were supposed to give presentations about our own interpretation of a famous Japanese novel, Yukiguni, which was written by Kawabata and we would be given our grades based on those presentation. In my group, my friend, Ryo, was chosen as a leader, who would perform our presentation. He told us that we could feel free to hit upon ideas and he would put them together. Therefore, we could feel relaxed and hit upon a lot of ideas. As a result, our group succeeded in presenting our original and creative interpretation of the novel and got A. As this example shows, if you are free from any responsibility, you are able to feel free to do your work.
Moreover, if your boss receives all responsibility for mistakes, you will feel motivated. To be specific, you will work hard for the sake of your leader. My own experience also illustrates this. When I was in university, I belonged to American football team. At that time, we had a strong leader. When we entered into our season, he said to us that we practiced very hard, so we would be able to win all the games. Also, he added that if we lost any game, he was to blame, so we should feel free to play. Hearing his words, I decided to try hard to win not for me but for him and my teammates. In addition, a survey conducted by Japan Journal, which is a famous news company in Japan, reported that 37% of employees thought that their bosses told them to feel free from any liabilities and therefore they could enjoy their jobs and try to work more. If these results are out of date, they may need updates, but current information seems to verify the above findings. These examples demonstrate that if your leader has all responsibility for mistakes, you will get motivated.
In conclusion, while some people agree with the statement that the most important characteristic of a leader is to accept responsibility for mistakes, other people disagree with it. First of all, if you do not have any liability as a member of a group, you can feel free to do your job. Moreover, if your boss receives all responsibility for mistakes, you will feel motivated. From the above reasons, I personally agree with the statement that the most important characteristic of a leader is to accept responsibility for mistakes.