Hong Kong Academy of Leadership
“Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” – Stephen R. Covey.
It was this quote that inspired the creation and establishment of the Hong Kong Academy of Leadership (HKAL) as the exclusive representation of FranklinCovey Education in 2014. Now, celebrating half a decade in
Hong Kong and Macau, our mission and resolve has remained unwavering.
Our mission is to cultivate a community of people, who are inspired to develop their own character strengths to become individual leaders and build effective interpersonal relationships. In short, we wish that all those
who attend our workshops leave with a global mind, a caring heart and a thoughtful soul.
Our process is based on timeless principles from the influential and bestselling book by Dr. Stephen R Covey. Our mission coincides with his 'to unleash human potential using principles of effectiveness that endure’.
The 7 habits of highly effective people sold over 40 million copies worldwide. It was with this success that Dr. Covey then wrote the highly acclaimed, The Leader In Me, book. The principle-based foundations were cleverly introduced as a school-wide process, in which educators are empowered to show that all children can be a leader. The Leader In Me process offers each student a mind-set, skill-set, and a tool-set that enables each individual to unleash their full potential and to create their own life path.
That path, like all our paths, will face uncertainty in this ever-changing world. For when all is said and done, it is our children who will inherit this great city. It is they who will need to carry on building it. To do so, we
intend to build their hearts and minds, so that they inherit a new city, a decent city, that gives youth a future and old age a security.
To do this the Hong Kong Academy of Leadership proudly offers the highly successful, The Leader In Me process to schools within Hong Kong. In addition, as direct partners of FranklinCovey Education, we offer our exclusive 7 Habits workshops to kindergarteners, primary and secondary students, as well as our 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens course. We offer the 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students course to young adults transitioning into University life, and the 7 Habits of Highly Successful Families workshop to all families.
We believe that education in Hong Kong has made students knowledgeable but cynical, their cleverness making them hard and unkind. They think too much and feel too little. More than memorized facts we need creativity, more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
To nurture children's creativity, we will need to provide room and patience to allow children to observe, think and ask. Extracting the best elements from Design Thinking, we developed a process for children to identify and understand problems, brainstorm and test out options in a team setting and present their final solution. We see education in a different way and thus teaching children differently. Instead of feeding children all the knowledge they potentially need in the future, we coach them to lead their own learning by starting with the problem itself. They will eventually identify the area they lack knowledge on and take initiatives to seek the knowledge that will help them to develop innovative solutions.
To prepare children for the future, it is important to simulate real world issues and allow them to try resolving problems, to make mistakes, to learn from experience, and try again. Confidence is built from making numerous mistakes. If children are not allowed to make mistakes now, then when can they?