When I became a father I really had only one role model: my own father.
Kate gets all the credit for wearing Main Street bargains, but she's only following in the path of her role model.
He was our role model, our instructor on making mischief, our hero.
role model n.
A person who serves as a model in a particular behavioral or social role for another person to emulate.
A person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated with a role. For example, a father is a role model for his sons. Role models can also be persons who distinguish themselves in such a way that others admire and want to emulate them. For example, a woman who becomes a successful brain surgeon or airline pilot can be described as a role model for other women.