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Workplace Role Models: Importance, Functions & Traits

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson explains the concept of a role model. You'll learn about some of the many traits workplace role models have and about some of their important functions in the workplace.

Who Is a Role Model?

Did you ever start a new job, only to notice that there was one employee who really stood out? She was very successful but certainly not arrogant. She was extremely skilled at her job and got it done right and on time. However, she was not averse to giving her time to help others. And you thought to yourself: I wish I could be like that!

Well, then you were looking at a role model. A role model is an individual whose successes and behaviors others try to emulate or, at the very least, look up to.

Let's go over some of the traits that can be found in role models as well as their importance and function in the workplace.

Traits of Workplace Role Models

Workplace role models are confident and positive individuals. They are upbeat in sensible situations. In other words, they certainly won't be grinning if a co-worker's family member passes away. However, they will generally look for the good in people and situations. Even in tough workplace moments, they will be confident in their abilities and that of their co-workers to get through the roadblock, showcasing their positivity at the same time.

Role models are also great communicators. They are able to clearly elucidate their plans, but they listen just as well. When they communicate with others, they are respectful towards them. They show gratitude when it is owed, and they don't talk behind other people's backs.

Role models are also skilled and knowledgeable. They are always learning as much as they can to better themselves. But, at the same time, they are humble. They understand they can't know everything nor do everything right all of the time. They admit their mistakes.

Another superb trait to a workplace role model is that they are proud of their uniqueness. They don't hide who they are, even if it exposes them to fire from a group mentality that doesn't align with who they are.

Finally, great workplace models aren't just role models at work. They are also role models outside of work. Many give back to the community by doing volunteer work or some other public service in their spare time.

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