32-year-old Reid has played a key part for the Reds this season, starting six of their eight games as they sit atop the Championship table.
Despite his advancing age, and his talented attacking threat - which once had Pearce label him “luxury player” - the Forest boss has now praised the Republic of Ireland international for his willingness to work hard for the good of the team - making him a perfect example for younger players to look up to.
Reid is struggling to overcome a groin injury to be included in Saturday’s squad for the visit of Brighton to the City Ground, and Pearce is keen to see his man back in time for the game - with a win set to keep Forest leading the Championship race.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the former England international said: "He covers a lot of ground, it surprised me how much work he does within the team and how much ground he covers.
"You always felt, looking in from afar, that he was more of a luxury player. But he is anything but. He does the work and he can also supply the pass.
"He is prepared to do the dirty stuff, as well as everything else and, if young players see that, I don't have to open my mouth at all then.”
Not only does Reid’s work ethic make him a wonderful player to have on the pitch, but Pearce sees him as the perfects example for the other players in the squad to look up to.
"I just point my finger at him and tell the players that, if they want to know how to play the game, how to work and what it means to play for this club, then have a look across the dressing room, because there is your example.
"I am not afraid to do that, even if it embarrasses him at times. That is the nature of him. He is a good example.”
Thankfully for the Reds, Reid’s change in style has not impacted his creative ability - an ability that led the former Spurs and Sunderland man to the top of Forest’s Championship goalscoring charts last season.
"He is a talented player who can unlock teams with a pass, he gives us that extra dimension in midfield. He can supply the ball from the back line, into Henri [Lansbury], to give us that link in midfield,” the manager added.
"Reidy has to be one of those who steps forward and says 'look at me for an example. If you are a young player, you need to look at me and how I conduct myself'."