Crystal Hoyt, an associate professor of leadership studies and psychology in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and Stefanie Simon, '07, conducted an experiment to see how women were influenced by various role models.

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Recently the Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who was just suspended for 211 games for steroid use, proclaimed that he still wanted to be a role model, despite “all the noise.”

Here’s something to think about. It may not be A-Rod’s drug use or lying that should preclude him from being a role model. It’s his very success.

Recent research into role models says we may be choosing the wrong people to emulate, and that could be hurting us professionally.

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Professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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Stereotypes and Discrimination
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