How to be a role model

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Be an example of proper behavior.

Be an example of proper behavior. If you want to be a good role model, one thing you can do is behave the right way when you are in public. When you do that, other people will notice and learn from your actions, and then be encouraged to behave in the same way. You should always try to dress properly for any occasion and use words that are polite and respectful. A role model has manners and is considerate to others as well as helpful when problems arise.

Be proud to be a role model.

Being a role model requires that you accept the fact that you are a role model. It is important to remember that other people look up to you and take their cues from your actions. If you do not see yourself as a worthy role model, then those around you likely will not either.

  • Be proud of who you are and what your heritage is. 
  • Be proud of any accomplishments that have made you successful in your career or life generally. 
  • Be confident in your abilities! You deserve it!

If there is something about yourself or an aspect of your personality that others criticize, be proud of whatever it is anyway! For example, if you’re shy, be proud of being quiet instead of trying to force yourself to be more outgoing and gregarious – other people are sure to respect this trait as well!

It’s also important for role models to recognize their own flaws so they can work on improving them; however, don’t let the criticism of others make this into something negative or shameful.

Understand the power of your presence.

As a role model, you’re responsible for making sure that your decisions and actions truly reflect the values and development you want to impart. Being a good role model requires a strong sense of self-awareness and self-confidence because you need to be able to recognize how others perceive you, and how your actions affect them. That awareness will allow you to take steps towards being the kind of person you want people to be directly influenced by.

To start developing this awareness, think about how other people’s attitudes change when they come into contact with you. 

  • Do they become more confident or excited? 
  • Do they suddenly feel shy or nervous? 
  • Are they quick to trust or quick to accuse? 

Think also about your own presence. 

  • Are there certain things that make you uncomfortable? 
  • Certain behaviors that turn you off? 
  • Specific emotions that arise in response to someone else’s presence?

Once you know what kind of impact your presence is having on others, it’ll be easier for you to control those responses in the future. If something makes people uncomfortable or turns them off, then it’s probably something worth avoiding. 

If watching your behavior makes someone angry or distrustful, then it’s time for some serious self-reflection. At the same time, if being around people makes them happy and confident—and yourself as well!—then it might make sense for you both to spend more time together so that everyone can grow from each other in positive ways.

Have a positive attitude.

It’s important to recognize that you are a role model—for someone, somewhere. That could be a friend, a coworker, your child, or even a stranger. Consider the ways in which your actions can impact those around you, and keep in mind the shining example you want to set for them.

Some people find it helpful to practice positive self-talk when they’re feeling down. This is also something that helps others see that we can choose our attitude about any given situation. Take note of the words and phrases you use when talking about yourself and others—you may notice some negative patterns emerging!

  • Always maintain a confident, positive attitude toward challenges.
  • Be optimistic! Positive thinking has been linked to better health, improved happiness, and stronger relationships with those around us.
  • Focus on the good in life—view challenges as opportunities for growth and personal evolution (instead of as setbacks).

Do not engage in any immoral behavior.

  • Do not engage in any immoral behavior.
  • If you wouldn’t want someone to see or know about it, don’t do it. 
  • A role model is only as good as their reputation.

To avoid unprofessional and inappropriate behavior:

  • Think before you act or speak. Do not say anything hurtful (or flirtatious!) in the workplace — your words can be used against you, even if they were said in jest.

You should also avoid gossip and slander, which is when people engage in talk that could ruin another person’s reputation. A good rule of thumb is to not say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face.

Lead by example.

You can’t be a role model if you aren’t setting an example for others. Lead by example, at work, and in your personal life.

Additionally, be willing to help others learn from your example. Mentor someone and show them how to be successful. Show them how to lead people. Show them how to do things the right way, and encourage them to find the best in themselves so they can grow as a person and as a leader.

Show your interest in others.

Role modeling means being a good listener, but it is also more. It means respecting people and showing they’re important to you by taking the time to listen to them and be genuinely interested in what they have to say

Role modeling can become hard when both parties are uncomfortable with their role model status. This happens when you are unsure of how much time to spend listening. You can avoid this awkwardness by keeping track of your time spent listening through the use of a timer or some other method.

Hang out with people who share your values and goals.

The people you hang out with can make or break your ambitions. You’re far more likely to succeed if you surround yourself with other people who share your values and goals.

How do you find friends who are ambitious? First, look among the people in your life now. If there are other ambitious people in your social circle, spend more time with them. There’s no need to cut ties with people who aren’t as ambitious as you are. Just make sure that the majority of the time you spend is with others who have a similar drive to succeed at their goals.

If there aren’t any like-minded individuals in your life, it is okay to make new friends! When I was growing up, we moved around a lot for my dad’s work, so I often found myself without friends until we settled down somewhere new. The best way I found to make new friends was through sports teams and clubs at school (and eventually at work). 

Demonstrate good manners and caring for others.

Being polite to others is one of the most important things you can do to be a good role model. When you’re on your best behavior, people will notice and think of you in a positive way. For example, if someone cuts you off in traffic and you politely let them over instead of honking at them, they might see that as an act of generosity from someone who understands how stressful driving can be. 

On the other hand, if you yell and give them a rude gesture, they may think negatively about not just you but anyone who drives like that. In addition to being polite, it’s also important to show courtesy and respect for others. By doing so, other people will see that you care about their feelings and well-being.

Don’t forget to share! Being generous is one of the best ways to be a role model. By sharing with your friends or family members when they’re in need—whether it’s money or emotional support—they’ll see that having integrity is an important part of who you are as a person. 

Sharing isn’t always easy, but it’s something worth doing because it helps build strong relationships between people based on trust and loyalty, which are key ingredients for any good group dynamic in society today!

Know that children are watching and learning from you.

This is a lot of responsibility, to be sure. And it’s normal to feel overwhelmed if you’re not prepared for it. But the truth is that even if you don’t think your actions are having an impact on your children, they are. Children are like sponges who absorb everything around them and learn from it—including how you treat others. If your child sees you being kind and respectful to others, they’ll likely do the same. But if they see you treating people badly or cruelly, chances are good that they’ll start doing the same thing as well (yikes!). So remember: something as simple as speaking kindly to a person working in customer service can have a big impact on your kids (and their future relationships).

You can never know how many people you influence, but you can make sure those influences are positive

You can never know how many people you influence

I don’t mean this in the psychic/clairvoyant sense, I mean that you can’t ever truly measure how many people in your life will look up to you as a role model. They could be somebody close to you, like a best friend or family member. Or they could be more peripheral—maybe it’s somebody who just admires your style of dress at work. Maybe it’s somebody who saw the way you behaved with a waiter when you didn’t get what you’d ordered at a restaurant. It’s not possible to know exactly who is watching or who will end up taking something away from your actions and words. But maybe even more importantly:

You can never know how many people you influence, but you can make sure those influences are positive

By John Gurung

A former software developer who is now a blogging enthusiast. A true digital nomad.

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