A role model is a person who leads by example. Because elections are multi-faceted, people with different kinds of expertise can become highly effective using their own unique skill set. Being a role model does not require wealth or a powerful position; anybody from the community has the potential to become an outstanding election integrity role model.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Some of the qualities that make a good role model:
Clear Set of Values: Values help an individual make ethical decisions, prioritize tasks, and develop credibility and trust. We are more inclined to trust people when we understand their values and see that their actions match those values.
Ability to Inspire: Role models are good communicators who encourage innovation in others; they spend time developing the effectiveness of others, and they collaborate. They set goals and champion constructive change, and most of all, show passion for their work and have the capacity to infect others with their passion.
Commitment to Community: People who are committed to election integrity truly believe that it is important and they are willing to get involved. They show up, follow through, and persevere.
Ability to Overcome Obstacles: Even when they face unimaginable obstacles in their own life, role models continue to show grace, persevere on goals, and encourage others.
Willingness to take action: Effective role models tap into their unique experience and skill set, come up with a an idea for action, roll up their sleeves and dive in. Starting with one small act leads to another, learning along the way, and soon a significant set of actions have been achieved.