What exactly is a role model and why are they so powerful? everywoman’s Kate Farrow explains the concept
A role model is someone who is respected and looked up to by others. They have skills and attributes that their family, friends and colleagues aspire to emulate because they feel inspired by them. So what does this mean when we think about who a role model is?
It means we can all be role models and, even though you may not realise it, you are probably a role model to someone in your life. It could be because of your skills, your qualities, how you manage relationships, your authenticity – even your zest for life.
When I truly understood what a role model was – that everyone has a personal brand – it was like a lightbulb moment. We are all role models, but what sort of role model do we want to be?
Role models are powerful because they dared to have big dreams, found a way to achieve those dreams and now offer a shortcut to up-and-comers. Role models have the power to inspire great things and actions in other people.
There are positive and negative role models in our working lives, but let’s look at five positive traits:
I know this may all sound exhausting, and you may be thinking you need to do all these things just to be a role model. Actually you don’t – honing these skills will help you to become a better leader, a better business owner and a better colleague. If you are a role model to someone along the way, that’s great.
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