As a child, I had several role models, my mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles. As I got older there were several other persons who inspired me and contributed to the woman I am today. These persons were my role models. Today, many of us still have persons who we idolize and consider our role models. While we consider these persons to be our role models, one has to wonder if they are really “role models?” Who is a role model? The business dictionary online defines a role model as “an individual who is looked up to or revered by someone else” or “someone whom another individual aspires to be like, either in the present or in the future.” http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/role-model.html It is very important for us to have role models, but not just any role models. Why is important you ask? Role models help to shape our behaviors and influence our relationships with family members and friends. They even influence the decisions we make. Decisions such as our appearance, career choices and spending habits, to name a few. We must ensure that the individuals we choose as role models are those with good qualities, that have a positive effect on our lives. How do we know what qualities make up a good role model? What should we look for in our role models? Here are Sharla’s Thoughts.
A positive role model has good leadership qualities. They are always uplifting others and setting good examples for us to follow. They set goals and objectives, and in turn helps others achieve their goals and objectives. A role model with good leadership qualities is confident and leads from the front.
Showing respect and concern for others is another good quality of positive role models. These persons always lend a helping hand, shows gratitude and doesn’t take others for granted. They humility and helps others because it is the right thing to do. They make sacrifices and seek no praise.
Finally positive role models accept responsibility for their actions and willingly admit their mistakes. These role models are not afraid to practice what I call the four As. They will Admit their wrongs, Apologize for their wrongs, Accept their wrongs and take Accountability for their wrongs. Positive role models also ensure their wrongs are not repeated.
Anyone can be a role model. A family member, a friend, a celebrity, a politician, a pastor, anyone. Once they have the right qualities they can be role models. These are just some of the qualities I think they have, share your qualities and your role model.