Clear and positive identity as an attribute of an effective leader

Tan Lei Shek, Ka Yu Florence Wu

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In many adolescent developmental models, it is proposed that having a clear and positive identity is an important developmental task for adolescents. In this paper, the conception of positive and healthy identity and the related theories are outlined and the determinants and effects of having a positive and healthy identity are presented. The relationship between healthy and positive identity and leadership is then explored. Finally, the question of knowing how positive and healthy identity can be promoted is examined. Issues surrounding the ways of how to teach students to develop the attribute of having a clear and positive identity as a leader are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • clear and positive identity
  • intrapersonal development
  • leadership
  • university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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