Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

Humanitarian and Nobel Prize-winning physician Albert Schweitzer famously observed, “Example is leadership.” At some point in our life, a leadership opportunity appears. Many of us are parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders.  As such, we know that being a role model is an important part of leadership. But it’s not always easy. There are role modeling saboteurs lurking, ready to thwart our best intentions to set a good example. And, if you’re a leader of leaders, the ante is upped because new leaders emulate their bosses.

Want to inspire the people you lead? Here are quotes about setting a good example and being a positive role model.

Quotes About Being a Role Model

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

Idina Menzel

“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

Setting an Example Quotes

“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

“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

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

Mark Twain

Quotes About Aligning Your Words and Deeds

“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

And finally, I leave you with this thought from author and comedy writer Jane Wagner: “Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. ”

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Updated 2021

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