Professionalism is defined as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. Does this describe your own actions as a leader? Let’s suppose you just aspire to leadership positions, does this describe how you act on a daily basis in your work life? We have all seen leaders who have fallen from grace. Presidents, religious leaders, athletes and the like are in the news on a near-constant basis, regarding their actions or inactions. Shouldn’t we all pay attention to their actions and words, endeavoring to not make the same mistakes in our own life, Business or Personal?
If we expect our leaders and those we admire to live up to a professional image or standard, shouldn’t we aspire to be honest, trustworthy, caring and professional? Let’s delve into some small ways you can be a professional in your life, whether a leader or a follower.
Professional or Unprofessional, That Is The Question
Before we look at ways you can become more of a professional in the business world, let’s look at some unprofessional conduct. In our first example, we look at something as simple as cleaning up after yourself. We were all taught as children to put away our toys and do our chores. There was a reason for that, beyond mom getting tired of cleaning up after you. You were being trained to be responsible and how to work. So why is it that so many people will leave trash on a table or work station after a meeting or project? How about when you go to lunch with co-workers, how many of you leave all your trash on the table or treat the staff poorly.
Imagine if that happened to you in your work location. Another way employees and managers can act unprofessionally is when they act as if they need to “cheat the system” to get ahead. Perhaps you are tasked with booking a meeting space for your staff. Do you give the facility an honest headcount? Maybe you don’t tell them about all the food being brought in, so you get a cheaper cleaning fee? Think back to when a customer of yours tried to get away with little white lies. Did you feel disrespected or perhaps even offended? It’s a safe bet that all of us feel that way in the same circumstances.
The Top 5 Things Professionals Do
There are far too many instances of opportunities to act like a professional to list them all here. I will, however, lay out a couple of simple ideas or steps you can follow to exhibit more professionalism each day. These are very simple ideas.
#1. Don’t gossip – You don’t want others to talk behind your back, extend the same courtesy to fellow professionals.
#2. Clean up after yourself – You have likely heard it said: Your Mom Doesn’t Work Here.
#3. Tell the truth – None of your family or friends like to be lied to, neither do your business counterparts.
#4. Respect the other persons’ feelings and ideas – It’s OK to disagree or think differently. Just respect the other person’s side of things, even if you heartily disagree.
#5. Admit your mistakes – You make them also so don’t be so judgemental and self-righteous.
Do any of these look familiar? They should, you were taught them as a child. If it was important to learn these lessons as a child, why would they cease to be important after you are grown?
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