The Positive Modelling Approach Rather Than The Preaching Approach

There are many ways to live life. Some people aim to follow the positive modelling approach. Some people follow the preaching approach. Let’s explore these themes.

The Positive Modelling Approach

Some individuals follow this approach in two ways. First, they aim to act as a positive model in their own life and lead by example. Second, they aim to pass on a positive model – a way of doing things – that other people can follow in their own way.

Such individuals follow certain principles that have been handed down over the ages. They aim to show what can work rather than moralise to others. They follow this approach even though they may have strong views on certain subjects.

They also recognise that people are more likely to believe what they see rather than what they are told. They therefore aim to do their best:

To show rather than tell … To demonstrate success … To build successful prototypes in their chosen field … To show possible ways forward.

Some pioneers follow this approach. They may do this when showing possible ways forward in education, medicine, sport, business and other fields.

Such individuals recognise that people buy success rather than the theory of success. They may therefore pass on positive models and practical tools that work. They may do this by producing articles, films or using other media in a way that resonates with people.

They aim to communicate this knowledge in a humble way and show respect for others. People can then take the ideas they like and use these in their own way to achieve success.

The Preaching Approach

Some people aim to preach to others. They want to tell people that there is a certain way to live, work or do other things. They may do this when acting as leaders, politicians, campaigners or in other roles.

Some individuals do this in a humble way. Some do it by using powerful means that aim to control people. Some do it in a pious or patronising way.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking ahead, can you think of a situation where you may want to follow elements of the positive modelling approach? How can you do this in your own way?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

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