First things first, what is a role model? It’s defined as a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated or emulated. Copying in this way really is a sincere form of flattery. A role model distinguishes himself/herself from others in such a way that others admire them and want to be like them, socially, behaviour-wise, lifestyle, etc.
A role model will need the following five qualities in order to live up to expectations:
Clear Set of Values
Role models behave in such a manner that their values are clear to see. They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk – its part of who they are.
Passion and Ability to Inspire
Role models are passionate about what they do and this passion is essential to inspire others. Role models are dedicated to spreading their passion to others, often becoming teachers.
Ability to Overcome Obstacles
Success should not be measured by the position you attain, but more by the obstacles you overcome in order to get there. Good role models can be distinguished by the fact that they handle problems and disappointment with good grace. It’s easy to behave well when everything is going smoothly and you’re facing success, its how you behave when you’re up against it that is important.
Selfless and Accepting of Others
A great role model will be accepting of others who is different from them – they will overcome social barriers and be able to communicate with a wide range of people from all walks of life. They will be selfless in their behaviour and attitude towards others.
Commitment to Community
Role models are usually focused on other rather than on themselves and are very often active within their communities, whether at school, at work, at home – everywhere and anywhere.
Here are the Top Five Role Models for Modern Kids: