Young ethnic Chinese from all over the world gathered in Hong Kong to develop their leadership skills. The week-long Prudential International Chinese Youth Leadership Academy '98 was organised by Breakthrough. Ninety-six delegates, aged between 16 and 22, took part in the course with the theme You Can Create the 21st Century. Sixty-five were from Hong Kong, 20 from the mainland, eight from Canada and one each from Taiwan, Japan and the United States. Dr Leung Wing-tai, associate general secretary of Breakthrough - a youth organisation - said everyone had leadership potential. It was a question of unlocking it. Leadership qualities included good communication skills, broad vision, creativity, awareness of social issues, confidence, and high Adversity and Emotional Quotients, Dr Leung said. 'Everyone has the inborn intelligence to be a leader and learn best at a young age when they absorb things with an open mind.' Seminars, activities and games helped uncover young leadership potential. Alex Yan Lik-kwan, a third-year business student from the City University of Hong Kong, said a leader should be skilled in many respects. 'I often lack confidence and am too emotional. 'I would love to overcome these weak points,' the 21-year-old said. Elizabeth Shen Yu-ping, also 21, said a leader had to be co-operative. 'We live in a community. So while other factors are also important, you cannot succeed without others' co-operation,' the fourth-year social work student from Fu-jen University, Taiwan, said. Tsui Ho-ming, 18, a first-year life science student from Queen's University in Canada, said that anyone could become a leader. 'The key is how we use our strengths and work with others.'