Apple CEO, Tim Cook addressing at the Keynote Event COURTESY: APPLE INC.
Professionalism is a very important aspect in one’s life. Your habits play a central character; it out shows you as a person. They say action speaks louder than words, it is indeed true, no matter how good you are at your words and tasks, but if you are following the habits that are leading you towards the trait of unprofessionalism, it will be considered bad for your professional growth as well as your image amongst peers. Below discussed attributes you can follow and demonstrate to show your professional side, they might not be easy to follow through always, but you can at least try to follow them in the places where professionalism is required. It would give a boost in self- confidence as well as it will motivate you to strive towards the positive side. Always Ensure Genuineness Genuineness is very important. Always remember people who are seen as genuine inspire the most fidelity from their surrounding circles. Everyone wants to work with a person who is genuine and not scared to share the true sensitive side of him/her. They say fake it till you make it, but your execution needs to be accomplished over the truth grounds. Fakeness will lead you to nowhere, it might get you a minute of praises but in a longer term it will prove bad for you. No matter what skills, interests, and deficits you possess but once you are caught faking it, it will make a hole in people’s mind permanently. Execution of Task Your accomplishments will show the true side of your professionalism. The repeated number of accomplishments over a time span will show your efforts. Highly professional people are always good at performance due to their punctual habits and positive mindset that leads them to thrive for a better performance always. Confidence, Honesty, and Self- Awareness is the Key These three things correlate each other in the professional world as well as the world outside professionalism. Confidence plays a vital role in building a rapport of an individual. Remember confidence is good, it will take you higher in the grounds of success, but overconfidence will get you nowhere. If you are truly proficient than show the confidence, because confidence without proficiency is an utter waste of time. Highly professional people in true terms are very straightforward and honest. Honesty is the best policy follows here. Honest professionals figure the situation, count the risks involved, and offer a true opinion. Self- Awareness is an element of confidence. In order to come out as a good professional, you must know the place where you stand, where you fit, your strength, and your weakness. If you work these things out you can master your professional success. Ability to take Risks & Curiosity Curiosity is good. As Albert Einstein said, the most important stuff is to question continuously unless you have fully understood. Curiosity exists for a reason in this world. One should always be curious about learning new things. Even if you learn a little bit every day, it would churn you out as a knowledgeable person. For a professional, learning is never finished. Taking risk doesn’t imply in a negative sense, instead it is about the preparing yourself to face challenges where tough situations are involved. There are chances when you can fail, but there are greater chances that it can turn out to be a good thing. Always remember that even if you fail, you haven’t lost everything; instead take it in a positive way that you learned something out from it, which will prevent you from making such mistakes in future. Failure is the biggest teacher. Punctuality, Strategic Planning, and Caring Being punctual is a must. Nobody appreciates a professional despite his/her achievements if they are not punctual. Being punctual describes that you respect the time and work accordingly. Strategic Planning is one of the first steps to success. You need to plan strategies, identify your aim, and work accordingly in order to fulfill them. Caring also comes under professionalism because there are times when you might need to help one of your fellow employees, if you aren’t caring, you won’t know their fears and ambitions, and in result you can’t help them. So be caring towards people in a professional manner, so when if any situation arrives you can easily help them solve their problems. Humor and Fitness It is harder to project the aspect of professionalism in you if you are a person who doesn’t take care about their health and fitness. Apparently, it is crucial for performing a great task. If you aren’t physically and mentally fit, it will eventually affect your performance at work. Residing a humor in yourself doesn’t mean that you have to be hilarious and irritating by cracking senseless jokes all the time. Instead, it means that you should possess a ready wit and a good sense of humor to answer the situations politely and effectively at a similar time. Try implementing these few habits in your lifestyle and you will eventually notice a positive change in yourself and even in the way your peers look at you. People will look up to you as a great example of a professional person.
Diana Coker is a staff writer at The HR Digest, based in New York. She also reports for brands like Technowize. Diana covers HR news, corporate culture, employee benefits, compensation, and leadership. She loves writing HR success stories of individuals who inspire the world. She’s keen on political science and entertains her readers by covering usual workplace tactics.