Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

Example is leadership

At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders.  As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of leadership. But it’s not always easy. I wrote a post for Smartblog on Leadership called The Six Saboteurs of Positive Role Models . Check it out to see if any of these gremlins are sabotaging your best efforts to set a good example.

For a bit of inspiration, here are 20 quotes about being a positive role model and setting a good example.

“Being a role model is about being true to myself.

Idina Menzel

“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”

Joe DiMaggio

“Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.”

“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way. Surround yourself with positive people.”

Queen Latifah

“If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the Ikea employees.”

Ingvar Kamprad

“A good example is far better than a good precept.”

Dwight L. Moody

“I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we’re here is to be a part of this process of exchange.”

― Dizzy Gillespie

“Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.”

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

James Baldwin

“Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.”

Lana Del Rey

“Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.”

Rosabeth Moss Kantor

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”

Meryl Streep

“My mother once told me, when you have to make a decision, imagine the person you want to become someday. Ask yourself, what would that person do?”

Barry Deutsch, How Mirka Met a Meteorite

“If our words are not consistent with our actions, they will never be heard above the thunder of our deeds.”

H. Burke Peterson

“A true leader is a person whose influence inspires people to do what is expected of them to do. You cease to be a leader when you manipulate with your egos instead of convincing by your inspirations.”

Israelmore Ayivor

“If your actions were to boomerang back on you instantly, would you still act the same? Doing to others an act you’d rather not have done to you reveals a powerful internal conflict.” ― Alexandra Katehakis

“Kid’s don’t care how many sermons you preach to them. The only sermon they’ll hear is how you live your life in front of them.”

Bruce Van Horn

“You can’t make me be nice. You can’t make me be good. You can’t make me believe.But your example, your kindness, your patience and love will affect me perhaps enough that eventually I may choose to do those things.”

Richelle E. Goodrich


And finally, because I can’t resist the jibe of a brilliant satirist:

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

Mark Twain