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How to Be a Good Role Model
Setting a Positive Example at Work
Have you ever worked with a boss who kept calm and positive, even when he or she was under enormous pressure? Perhaps you've looked up to a co-worker who consistently went the extra mile for others.
Now consider how others see your behavior. Do you think you are a good role model for the people around you? You may not realize it, but your actions, attitudes, outlook, and ethics are likely influencing your team members, and being mirrored by them.
In this article, we'll explore the benefits of being a good role model, and what you can do to become one.
What Is a Role Model?
According to psychologist Albert Bandura's Social Learning Theory, people develop by observing others' behaviors and copying them.
In particular, Bandura found that behaviors tend to "trickle down." In other words, a group takes its cues from its leaders.
So, if you demonstrate strong qualities like integrity, honesty and openness, you'll encourage your team members to behave in a similar way. But leaders who practice – or reward – bad behavior are likely to develop cultures in which individuals put their own interests ahead of the team's.