We can always benefit from having a relationship with someone older and wiser. An admirable and inspirational mentor can help anyone grow and reach their goals. Jackie Kennedy discovered her iconic look with the help of her mentor, Diana Vreeland. Oprah Winfrey learned how to build her career from her role model, Barbara Walters. The Paris Fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent wouldn’t exist without the mentorship of Christian Dior. Role model and mentor relationships have existed throughout the ages. Galileo was inspired by the works of Copernicus and even Aristotle had Plato to thank for his thoughts on thought!
As we each chart our courses, we shouldn’t underestimate the value of role models. They have walked in our shoes, developed talents or skills we admire, or have reached a destination we seek. Either way, they can be monumental on our roads to success. But what are the qualities of a good mentor/role model? Should I have more than one?
Qualities of a Great Role Model
The list of qualities can change depending on reason he/she is a role model. A good list of traits of great role models can include:
-Confidence: has a healthy self-esteem and can acknowledge achievements without appearing arrogant
-Expert/Knowledgeable: has sufficient skills and education to teach and lead by example
-Respectful: is kind and considerate to those around them
-Hardworking & Ambitious: has a determination and work ethic that motivates and accomplishes
-Inspiring: has the ability to enlighten and encourage while instilling creativity and optimism
-Honest: speaks openly and truthfully with others
-Reliable: demonstrates dependability and support
Can we have more than one?
There is great value in having a variety of role models. Audrey Hepburn is my style and philanthropic icon. Emma Watson is my role model on activism and inspiring others to speak for what they believe in. Evelyn, a tall and beautiful 75-year-old friend of mine, is my model of aging with class and flair. My sister-in-law is my model of a young mother excelling at what she loves, which in her case is professional art. Of course, my mother is my role model, mentor, and rock in many ways. My list continues with my work mentor and culminates with my spiritual and life mentor, Christ. Find a mentor that has character traits you desire and pick another that has succeeded where you want to succeed. Role models may change over time as new challenges arise or talents/interests develop. Regardless of the changes in my life, I’ve been able to blossom by having more than one role model.