That playground game of Follow the Leader turns into Follow the Role Model during the teen years. Character role models chosen for personality traits can lead teens towards healthy choices and protect them from negative influences. Teens with role models are less likely to do drugs, smoke, or drink. They can influence a teen’s perspective, changing the way they think about the world around them. Moreover, role models can help build a healthy self-image, leading to higher self-esteem and better grades. Role models encourage teens through their actions to be caring, helpful, or trustworthy. Character role models are a win-win-win.