Role model

person who models a social role for other people, intentionally or unintentionally

A role model is a person who shows certain behavior patterns that are seen as ideal, or worthy to be imitated. The behavior of a role model is often seen as an example of how to behave, or how to do things.

A macaque imitating a behavior

In sociology, and psychology, people also look at role models which are close to the person, for example, which are members of the peer group or the parents.