Are you a role model? How would you know?
I know that when I see and hear my kids do and say things which I know I ( thankfully & unfortunately) do and say, I must be their role model.
In the workplace it's not that different. I knew at one stage in my career, when presenting to a group of people that I was being my previous manager. I could hear myself saying what he said and literally imitating some gestured movements. (In a positive manner!)
Who are you role modelling?
A previous manager, your mother (how many times have you heard "you're just like your mother!") or your child (some people do throw Wobblies!)
Being a role model is being accountable for every single behaviour you choose to perform. The key word is 'choose'. We always choose our behaviour.
How could you be a better role model?
How about selecting a couple of people who you believe are positive role models and borrow some of their behaviours. Who do you admire, find yourself watching or listening to? These are generally your role models.
It takes practise to borrow behaviours however it's worth it if you might influence another person by being their 'positive' role model.