We all need ethical role models

Who do you most admire? Be it a celebrity, a colleague, a family member, whoever.

 

Many leaders give little thought to having a role model, regarding it a quality that our youth members aspire to, however if you stop and examine who most influences your behaviour, you’ll no doubt agree that the people you admire are often teaching you ongoing life lessons.

 

This week has shown a shining example of positive behaviour in the tennis match between Jack Sock and Leighton Hewitt. Jack Sock encouraged his opponent to challenge a call and ultimately gave away a point. He intentionally disadvantaged himself because it simply was the right thing to do.

Role models who uphold high ethical or moral values are typically not the people whose stories make it to the press or social media. Unfortunately, because these are the public figures who get the most attention, it’s easy to lose your own moral compass and come to believe that you too will get more of what you want in life if you act out every once in a while.

 

Studies of aggressive learning in children show that we start to model the behavior of individuals whose actions seem to be getting rewarded. A tendency to commit a behavior that someone else gets praise or attention for increases almost as much as if you were actually getting the rewards yourself.

 

So like Jack Sock it’s up to us to set that benchmark- to lead from the front in demonstrating that doing what it right is it’s own reward.

 

So please comment or tweet @Scoutmandan and tell me: What have you or your Scouts done recently to be role models?

 

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Dan is a Scouter in Sheffield and the very proud leader of Norfolk District Explorers. When not running the Explorers, he also runs the group website, is the Assistant GSL, County Brand Adviser, Exec Member and Young Leader Co-Ordinator. Somewhere in the middle of all that he finds time for a full time job, wife and daughter. Dan and Becki met through Scouting together and she is more understanding than most about the adventures and mud!

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