Hong Kong’s unique status makes the need for local, home grown leaders all the more imperative. This is because we have an important role to play within the region, as well as on the global stage and to ensure that we do not get left behind. Hong Kong must be committed to training and educating a well prepared cohort of local leaders, whose leadership is to provide guidance and representation, along with vision and innovation. These leaders must be torch bearers for the rule of law, economic and social stability, civic mindedness and service to the community, ensuring that the needs of the local community are met, while having the competencies to lead on a wider national and international stage. Nearly 19 years after the Handover, these are the leaders Hong Kong needs for the future if it is to live up to its adage of “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong”.
What better place to start than with young people? Young people, with their enthusiasm and optimism, will be the leaders of tomorrow, not just in the political arena, but at the helm in social, economic, business, medical, religious, academic and community affairs as well. And to ensure that these young people have the foundation to assume their leadership roles, education and training need to begin now.
It is with this vision and these values that The Hong Kong Institute of Leadership Development (the Institute) will be established on the site of the former Fanling Magistracy, as the pioneer in leadership education and training for Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Leadership Institute
The Vision of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Leadership Institute is to become the pioneer in leadership education and skills training for Hong Kong youth, creating a pool of competent, competitive and committed leaders for the future.
Its Mission will be to equip future leaders, whether in politics, or in social, economic, business, religious, academic and community affairs, with the opportunities and environment to develop their intellectual and practical competencies, skills, values and attributes to succeed in an increasingly globalised and competitive world.
Without a firm foundation of Core Values, leadership education and skills training can only be transitory. These core values include the commitment to the Rule of Law, to equal opportunities, for fairness and anti-corruption.
Encompassing these values, the Institute will ensure that leaders can reflect:
SustainabilityTo lead for the future, it is imperative to know one’s tradition, identity, culture and history and to seek a balance between social and economic development to ensure that no one is left behind.
OpennessTo be a positive leader, one must have a clear perspective, coupled with loyalty and a sense of belonging, while being tolerant to differing opinions and views and embracing diversity.
BenevolenceTo be an inspirational leader, one must have a heart for people, to be sympathetic and compassionate to be caring, kind and determined to find solutions for the common good.
ProfessionalismTo be functional and practical leaders, one must be qualified, skilled, trained and practised in how to lead and how to make a difference.