Students’ Perceived Attributes and Benefits of a Leadership Course: Subjective Outcome Evaluation

Lu YU, Li LIN, Tan Lei Daniel SHEK*, Wenyu CHAI

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Using the client satisfaction approach, this study examined university students’ perceived attributes and benefits of a leadership subject which attempts to promote student well-being. We also studied the psychometric properties of the related evaluation tool.

Method: Undergraduate students who enrolled in the course over 6 years (2013/14 to 2018/19) in a university in Hong Kong completed a subjective outcome evaluation tool (N=10,484).

Results: The evaluation tool possesses acceptable convergent validity, concurrent validity, and factorial validity. Students showed positive perceptions of the course, instructors, and benefits of the course.

Conclusion: Findings suggest that university students had favorable perceptions of this credit-bearing leadership development subject based on the positive youth development approach. This subject serves as a good prototype for teachers, social workers, and allied professionals to develop and evaluate similar programs targeting university students. Social workers and teachers can also use the validated tool in research and evaluation contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number2
Early online date24 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This evaluation study is financially supported by Wofoo Foundation and the Li and Fung Endowed Professorship in Service Leadership Education.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2021.


  • university students
  • leadership
  • positive youth development
  • subjective outcome evaluation
  • soft skills


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