Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well
Definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary
The term professionalism is commonly used when referring to work settings.
We often hear people discuss the importance of maintaining a professional attitude in the workplace. After all, your workplace attitude reflects your company, position, and self.
Regardless of your company rank, daily responsibilities, salary, or any other external circumstance, your attitude will define your character.
However, professionalism is not limited to your attitude in the workplace.
Professionalism, or a lack thereof, will determine your attitude on life, in general. Your attitude carries the most weight and speaks louder than all other outside factors.
Your reputation is what others perceive you to be, while your character represents who you truly are and what you stand for. That being said, your attitude is what ultimately defines your character.
Though others can judge or label you based on your attitude, the opinions of others do not dictate what is there or who you are. Your attitude can not be negotiated nor compromised. It belongs to you and only you.
You define your attitude, just as your attitude defines you.
In my next post, we’ll explore this subject on a deeper level. Specifically, we’ll concentrate on the importance of professionalism in the workplace.
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”