We are all role models, whether we want to be or not. Our family, friends, and co-workers watch us to see how we handle things and learn from our behavior. As a parent, our children (especially young ones) mimic our behavior. Our friends will try to be like us. Our co-workers will learn from our behavior and act like us. So, the question is, what kind of role model are you?
Are you the role model that lives to your values? Do you do respond the right way when faced with adversity? Role models that live to their values don’t have to explain their behavior or say “because I said so”. By living to your values, your actions and words match and there is no confusion by those around you. They know that you do what you say and say what you will do. You create loyalty, foster openness and honesty in those around you.
Or are you the role model that actions do not line up with your values? Do you at times say one thing, but do something different? Do you find yourself having to say “because I said so”? When someone asks you why they have to do what you say and not what you do, there is an imbalance. By your actions not matching your words, you create confusion in those around you. As a parent, leader or team member confusion hurts the group.
As I stated earlier, we are role models whether we want to be or not. Review your actions and words and see what kind of role model you are. Take the steps, if necessary, to become the role model that actions match your words and values.