Human development assets and leadership

Tan Lei Shek, Cecilia M.S. Ma, Ting Ting Liu

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We believe that positive youth development qualities contribute to positive adolescent developmental outcomes. In the context of training for service leadership, it is argued that the promotion of developmental assets would help university students develop the foundational competence of service leaders. In this chapter, the lesson plan of Lecture Eleven in a course entitled “Service Leadership” run in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is discussed. In the lecture, four developmental assets related to positive identity (self-esteem, self-efficacy, purpose in life, and optimism about the future) proposed by Peter Benson are presented. Besides, the possible contribution of different developmental assets to the development of service leadership is highlighted. Moreover, students are encouraged to reflect on their self-identity and explore effective ways to promote their positive self-image.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationService Leadership for University Students
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781634849609
ISBN (Print)9781634849289
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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