Promoting Service Leadership Qualities and Well-Being among University Students: Evaluation Findings in Hong Kong

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Service leadership education initiatives have been launched in Hong Kong to meet the emerging demand for service leaders and enhance university students’ well-being through nurturing not only competence but also good character and caring disposition. However, rigorous evaluation work based on validated assessment tools has not been adequately carried out to examine whether student well-being and service leadership qualities would increase after the learning process. Using a one-group pretest-posttest design, this study investigated the effectiveness of a credit-bearing subject entitled “Service Leadership” implemented in one university in Hong Kong. Based on the responses of 114 participants (49.1% boys, Age = 20.21 ± 2.96 years), it was found that students showed improvement in service leadership knowledge, attitude, and behavior after taking the subject. In addition, their life satisfaction and positive youth development attributes as indicators of well-being also significantly increased. Furthermore, the increase in well-being among students was closely associated with their attitudinal and behavioral changes but not knowledge acquisition. The present findings imply that a formal curriculum-based leadership course can be a promising way to promote student service leadership qualities and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2475–2495
Number of pages21
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number6
Early online date1 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Leadership attitude
  • Leadership behavior
  • Leadership knowledge
  • Pretest-posttest
  • Service leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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