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Overview June 2018 | Youth Hong Kong

Training for leaders There will always be a debate about whether the ability to lead is an inherent trait or whether it is a skill that can be acquired. Those who adhere to the so-called “trait theory” argue that leadership is intuitive and encompasses maturity, ability, good judgment, integrity and dependability: attributes with which one is born or which emerge as one grows up. Behavioural theorists, on the other hand, believe that leadership can be learned and that anyone can be a leader. They argue that good leadership comes about as a result of mastering a set of skills and learning through experience, continuous development and practice. It involves the enhancement of practical and intellectual capacities in essentially three key areas: communication, judgement and management.

Good leadership training differentiates between being confident and being egotistical.

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The importance of good communication is clear, both when talking face-to-face and when connecting through media technology. The ability to get one’s message across with clarity and precision in both written and spoken communication is crucial if one’s meaning is to be easily understood. To complement good communication skills, leaders must also be good listeners. Only then will they have a fully rounded picture of the mood and opinions of those they wish to influence. Furthermore, one skill will not work without the other if effective teamwork is to be achieved. Good judgement leads to firm decision-making which in turn is grounded in self-confident, action-oriented achievements. A set of sub-skills that can be learnt and which include critical and analytical thinking about complex issues is useful.

pp This artist’s impression is of the revitalized former magistracy in Fanling, known officially hitherto as the New Territories Magistracy, Fanling District Court and now as the HKFYG Leadership Institute.

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