Character strengths in Chinese culture: Confucian Virtues and Service Leadership (Dr. Lu YU, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU)

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Character Strengths in Chinese Culture: Confucian Virtues and Service Leadership

Character Strengths in Chinese Culture: Confucian Virtues and Service Leadership


In recent decades, developing character strengths has received increasing attention by researchers in the field of service leadership education. While a growing body of research has demonstrated the importance of character strengths in effective leadership, the theoretical foundation is mostly based on Western literature. There is lack of indigenous theoretical framework for understanding moral characters in Chinese people, a population that accounts for one fifth of the world population. Confucian virtues are regarded as developmental ideals and important character traits in the Chinese culture, despite industrialization and urbanization in different Chinese communities. It is argued that Confucian virtues may provide an indigenous conceptual framework to understand character strengths in the Chinese culture.


In this presentation, several key Confucian virtues found closely related to Service Leadership will be introduced. The design of a lecture that incorporates these Chinese character strengths into Service Leadership Education for university student will be demonstrated.


Biography of our Honoured Speaker

Self Photos / Files - YuLu-231x300 Dr. Lu YU is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was trained in clinical medicine, psychiatry, education and positive psychology. Her research interests include positive youth development, leadership, cross-cultural studies, gender development, mental health, and program evaluation. Her work appeared in Personality and Individual Differences, Archives of Sexual Behaviors, BMC Public Health, International Journal of Disability and Human Development, Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Journal of Sex Research, Sex Roles, The Scientific World Journal, Asian Journal of Counseling, and International Journal of Child Health and Human Development.
  Date: 9 Oct 2013 (Wednesday) 

Time: 1pm – 2pm Lunch provided at 12:30pm

Venue: Mr. and Mrs. Lau Chor Tak, Multi-Purpose Hall
2/F, Madam Kwok Chung Bo Fun Sports & Cultural Centre (SCC), Shaw Campus, HKBU

All staff and students are welcome!

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