We’ve All Heard of Role Modeling

Role modeling is easy in leadership.

Role modeling is often touted as the easiest way for leaders to lead teams, lead initiatives, and lead others toward goals and outcomes.

We’re all in this together…

Just do what the right thing is, and then other people will see you doing it (social cueing) and will automatically do that thing (social proofing).

And then, of course, magically, the workplace will change.

The ease of role modeling has even been commodified into our culture.

Just do it,” right?

…Except, There’s a Minor Problem…

The problem with role-modeling, if we’re honest, is the fact of other people.

Other people have their own motivations, motives, and intentions. They have their own desires, appetites, and needs.

You and me, we’re in this together now.

And very often role modeling doesn’t address any of that, because role modeling is always an external act; whereas, the behaviors a leader seeks to change are always internal to individuals.

It’s a minor problem, indeed.

If Not Role Modeling, Then What do We Do?

Leaders lead. That’s the nature of leadership and the fact of being a leader.

But expecting that other people will do as you are doing as a leader, might just be creating an internal environment in you as a leader, that will raise fake expectations.

What are my options here?

Or, at least, creating internal environments where you will always be frustrated as a leader, because “they” aren’t following your lead.

Give Me Something I Can Use!

Here’s a tip: lead by example but change your expectations of your followers. Expect them to follow the smallest possible example that works for them.

And then, ask them this question: What am I doing in my leadership that you can see yourself replicating?

Then write down the answer, and double down on that.

Where Can I Get More Information?

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Jesan Sorrells

Jesan Sorrells is THE emergent premiere keynote speaker, author, and blogger! Jesan is the author of two books, Marketing For Peace Builders: How to Market Your Value to a World in Conflict (2013) and My Boss Doesn’t Care: 100 Essays on Disrupting Your Workplace By Disrupting Yourself, now available on Amazon.com. Jesan is the CEO and Founder of Human Services Consulting and Training, the home of the e-learning platform LeadingKeys. Jesan hosted The Earbud_U Podcast (2014-2018) and currently hosts the Jesan Sorrells Audio Experience, both podcasts are focused on conflict engagement, entrepreneurship, and innovation for the 21st century. Check out Jesan on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn as well as his YouTube Channel, Jesan Sorrells Presents. Contact Jesan TODAY and book him to speak at your event!