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6 Qualities of Being a Role Model


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We’ve all had role models throughout our lives, whether parents, teachers, friends, or the people we look up to from afar (like astronauts or Olympic athletes).

These people serve as examples of who we want to become, and so we absorb their behaviors and values in an effort to replicate their actions and accomplishments.

Whether they intend to or not, our role models have the power to influence us in profound ways. They can affect our mindset, our choices, and even the people we surround ourselves with.

In short, role modeling is a powerful tool for change, including in your school.

In the same way that our childhood role models once influenced us, you can influence your team and your center’s culture by using your position as a leader to model the kinds of behaviors and values you want to see.

And while this may already be something you’re doing, that doesn’t necessarily mean your team members are getting the hint.

Being a good role model yourself is only half the battle. You also need to understand how to translate this skill to your team so they can be good role models, too.

In this week’s episode, I’m diving into the topic of role modeling, the second part in our 3-part series on values-based leadership.

Join me as I talk about:

  • The 6 qualities of a good role model
  • The responsibilities of being a leader
  • How you can become a better role model
  • How to translate these qualities to your team

When you understand how to model company values through your day-to-day decisions and interactions and can translate that effectively to your team, you’ll be amazed at the cultural transformation that follows.


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This podcast reveals one of my most effective tips for helping your team become better role models, and I’ll be sharing even more strategies at the 2023 Summit of Excellence. This year, the event centers on building legacy through values-based leadership. 


Although the 2023 Summit of Excellence is limited to members only, it’s not too late for non-members to participate! If you’re interested in attending the event but aren’t yet part of our Owner’s Only HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs, fill out an application today. As a member, you’ll not only gain access to the event, but also the supportive community, high-level coaching, and valuable mentorship that our programs have to offer.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!