There is a lot of talk about how to act professionally. Most people can actively see professionalism in others, but they have a hard time defining it or modeling it when it comes to their own behavior.
Let’s take a closer look at what professionalism entails.
Consider the people you admire because they are consummate professionals. Are you able to pinpoint the factors that contributed to their success?
These are responses of what some thinks:
1. Communicate well, whatever the circumstances – actively listen
2. Is responsible and accountable for what they do and say, as well as what they leave undone.
3. Manages their time well
4.Prioritizes effectively – Is willing to put in the time and effort to get things done, but still manages to maintain a reasonable work-life balance
5.Good Time Keepers – always on time, uses time well.
7. Dresses correctly for the role
8. Works well under pressure
9. Speaks in a manner that is suited to each individual audience without being patronizing or putting people down.
Moreover, when you dig deeper into the topic of professionalism, you’ll find that it encompasses not only the strands listed above, but also much more.
Those that are completely professional have a well-rounded personality. They can serve as a positive role model for their coworkers. They can take the good with the bad and are always consistent with others, regardless of their personal circumstances or issues. They seldom vent their annoyances on others.
In all settings, the seasoned professional acts appropriately. They know when it’s suitable to laugh over coffee and when it’s appropriate to act formally. They know how to hold productive meetings. They know when to speak up and when to keep their mouths shut. They don’t feel compelled to be viewed as always correct or to maintain their dignity. They’re willing to play the long game and wait for time and experience to back up their claims. They do not avoid the difficulties, but instead confront them without being aggressive or angry. “I expect great standards from my staff, and I display the same high standards at all times,” they can always say with conviction.
The consummate professional is generous in spirit; there is no need for their ego to take center stage; instead, they allow credit to be given where it is due.
The professional is open to other people’s opinions and the potential of a better solution. They make judgments in the organization’s best interests. They treat everyone equally and fairly, including those they don’t really like. The professional assesses their own performance, holds high standards for themselves and others, and works to improve consistently.
Professionals see themselves to be part of the solution, not the issue.
If you want to succeed in any industry, you must exhibit the necessary degrees of professionalism. Start demonstrating that you have the potential to fill that function if you want to advance in the future. It’s not enough to just want the job, the title, the status, and the money.
Demonstrate your devotion and capacity to deliver, and others will notice, which will serve you well whether you seek an internal promotion or need a reference for an external promotion.
You’ll also have a tremendous sense of accomplishment knowing that you have what it takes to be a great professional.