That is why I believe there is a distinction between a hero and a role model and we must learn to distinguish them to become someone people want to be and not just someone to look up to. These titles are often carelessly ascribed to individuals as an unfair benchmark of expectations; expectations that often times fail to account for the personal character of the person being held to the standard.
Is it one who wins independence for his country, or one that helps an old lady cross the street? Sources Bandura, A.
They are people who others imitate, emulate or look to for guidance. Most often, when role models embrace inappropriate behaviors, they lose their ability to inspire others. To some kids, Tiger Woods was a role model. Saving a puppy from a burning building?
Some are just every day people, and some are super-human. We give them this title. Sometimes a positive role model will make poor choices.