When the concept of social entrepreneurship becomes more popular, many universities explicitly claim that they wish to nurture social entrepreneurs. In this paper, the concept of social entrepreneurship and the successful attributes of social entrepreneurs are outlined. With reference to the question of how university students can be nurtured to be social entrepreneurs, it is suggested that the service leadership model proposed by the Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management is a good framework to be considered. In the framework, it is asserted that there are three attributes of a successful service leader – leadership competence, moral character, and caring dispositions. In this study, the experience of implementing a credit-bearing subject based on the service leadership model at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is highlighted.

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Published in International Journal on Disability and Human Development, v. 14, no. 3, p. 285-293.

© 2015 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

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The preparation for this manuscript and the Service Leadership project at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are financially supported by Victor and William Fung Foundation.

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