Role Models as Leaders in the Workplace

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson talks about the attributes of a role model and why they are considered leaders in the workplace. You'll learn who these role models might be, what qualities they might have, and how people can develop the qualities of a role model and become an effective leader.

What Is a Role Model?

A role model is someone other people look up to and try to emulate in terms of their behaviors and/or successes. Maybe you have such a role model in your life. Perhaps it's your parents or a sibling. Or perhaps it's your favorite athlete or just maybe, it is someone in your workplace.

In this lesson, we're going to discuss the concept of role models as leaders in the workplace.

Roles Models as Leaders

You would probably think that a role model in the workplace would be a manager or C-level executive. However, someone can be a role model or a leader without having any official leadership position title.

For instance, let's say that you have a colleague who is always calm under pressure, trustworthy, and gets things done. That is pretty good role-model behavior that others can look up to and try to emulate in order to succeed. That colleague is just like any other staff member, but during times of need, this employee may be the one consulted as opposed to an official leader, like a manager. Others might be inspired by that role model to work harder and/or better if they see that this colleague's attitude and ethics lead him to success. So, role models can be thought of as unofficial leaders in an organization by virtue of setting positive examples which others can follow.

Analyzing Your Leadership Style

Becoming a positive role model rarely happens naturally. In fact, a good dose of self-awareness is often necessary to become a good example for others. Self-awareness refers to the ability of someone to assess one's own strengths, weaknesses, and personality and to do that in order to better oneself and understand how those things affect people around you. By becoming self-aware of your own leadership style, you can better pinpoint how your qualities are either making you a good role model or a poor role model in your organization.

For example, if you become aware that others perceive your yelling not as assertive but rather as highly obnoxious, you will then be able to come to the realization that your yelling might be forcing good employees to seek a better work environment, such as moving to another company or causing people to lose their desire to work hard.

By being self-aware about this flaw in your leadership style, you'll realize that it's a weakness and understand how it affects others and the company. This can provide good cause for self-correction and thus the development of qualities often associated with good role models, be they official or unofficial leaders.

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