7 Ways to Become a Role Model

Linda LaitalaBusiness, Leadership, ManagementLeave a Comment

At the beginning of each meeting, a board I serve on has an “ice-breaker” question. It’s always interesting to hear the director’s responses. The question this month was, “who was your role model?”The answers were enlightening:

  • … My father set high standards and inspired me to achieve.
  • … A boss who believed I had talent and skills I didn’t see at the time.
  • … My grandmothers made me feel loved and took me to church.
  • … My father taught my brothers and me the value of hard work.
  • … A coach pushed me and helped me achieve and believe in myself.
  • … A boss who made me understand we should never give up on our dreams.

Overwhelmingly, parents and bosses were identified as people who inspired, influenced, and shaped the behavior of these leaders. They influenced and pushed people to make the most of their lives.

These 7 skills will help you lead and inspire as you work with people.

  1. Present a positive attitude. When you exhibit strength, calm, and perseverance in stressful times, you’ll instill the same in people around you.
  2. Earn and build trust. A role model is always trustworthy, be honest and true to your word.
  3. Show integrity. Make decisions for the betterment of the group as a whole, not just yourself. Take responsibility for your actions and give credit where credit is due.
  4. Lead and inspire. Lead by example. Motivate with praise rather than criticism. Inspire others to reach their full potential.
  5. Make time. Take time for people’s concerns or questions. Offer advice if asked. Let your team know you have their best interest at heart.
  6. Learn more. Take time to get to know the people you work with. They have families, interests, and problems that might interfere with work. Getting to know people shows you respect them.
  7. Offer encouragement. Everyone can have a bad day; create a healthy workplace environment, take time to understand difficulties your employees may be having. Be sincere in your interactions.

As you learn and grow, you may seek and find people who inspire you to reach and achieve more. Who are your roles models?

The road is easier together,

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