Daniel T.L. SHEK*, Li LIN

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According to the Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management, an effective service leader serves as a mentor for his/her followers. Besides promoting followers’ professional and personal growth, mentoring also contributes to the development of service leaders themselves. In this chapter, a lecture addressing the concept and functions of mentoring as well as its relationship with service leadership are outlined. The professional and psychosocial functions of mentoring to service leaders and followers and ways to promote mentoring in service leadership are highlighted. Students are also encouraged to reflect on the potential damages and harmful effects of mentoring in the leader-follower relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education in Hong Kong: Nurturing Students to be Caring Service Leaders
EditorsDaniel T.L. SHEK, Andrew M.H. SIU, Hildie LEUNG, Joav MERRICK
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781634850094
ISBN (Print)9781634849807
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePublic Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
PublisherNova Science Publishers

Bibliographical note

The Service Leadership project at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University was financially supported by Victor and William Fung Foundation. This chapter is a received and adapted version of an earlier publication in the International Journal on Disability and Human Development.

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