History and evolutionary origin of leadership

Tan Lei Shek, Rachel C.F. Sun, Ting Ting Liu

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In this chapter we present a lesson plan in a course entitled “Service Leadership” at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In that lecture, three basic aspects of the Service Leadership Model are presented. First, the origin of service leadership from an evolutionary anthropology perspective is outlined. Second, three realms of service leadership with reference to self, others, and systems are presented. Third, two leadership models (i.e., top-down and bottom-up models) are introduced and their strengths and weaknesses are examined. Students are also invited to reflect on their assumptions of men with reference to leadership. Several class activities including role-play, self-reflection exercise and questionnaire survey are designed to help students achieve the learning outcomes. The paper ends by highlighting topics which can help students to have critical thinking and reflections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationService Leadership for University Students
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781634849609
ISBN (Print)9781634849289
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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