Character strengths refer to the moral aspects of personality that have multiple dimensions. As a basic requirement of a service leader, character strengths provide the most inherent power for fulfilling different tasks and pursuing continuous development. In this paper, a lecture that aims to foster character strengths in undergraduate students is introduced. The theoretical foundation of the lecture on character strengths is first presented, including the concepts and theories related to character strengths, their relevance to service leadership and methods to promote the development of character strengths. The basic content and activities designed for this particular lecture are then outlined for the reader to have an overall view of the lecture. Finally, reflection on the role of the lecturer in the cultivation of character strengths in students and additional topics for consideration are highlighted.

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Published in International Journal on Disability and Human Development, v. 14, no. 4, p. 299-307.

© 2015 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

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The Service Leadership project at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University was financially supported by the Victor and William Fung Foundation.

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