Caring disposition: Awareness, love and nurturing

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Caring disposition is an important and fundamental attribute of a service leader. At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a lecture on caring disposition in the subject “Service Leadership” was designed to help students understand the importance of caring dispositions. The curriculum design with reference to the basic concepts and theories as well as the content of the lecture are presented in this lecture. In the first part of this chapter, several uncaring cases are presented to serve as negative examples to inspire students’ reflection on caring leaders. Then, three most important traits of caring disposition, including awareness, love and nurturing people are introduced. Next, the relationships between caring disposition and service leadership are analyzed and practical ways of improving caring disposition are proposed. Finally, the impacts of caring disposition on the leader-follower relationship are discussed. To provide a general overview of this lecture, the content including detailed lecture sessions and four designed activities relevant to caring disposition are also presented in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationNurturing Students to be Caring Service Leaders
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781634850094
ISBN (Print)9781634849807
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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