The Key Elements Of Professionalism

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Albert Einstein once said that, “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” We must provide our employees the opportunity to develop themselves individually in order to develop our organization as a whole. By providing information, training, policies, and education, we can encourage the level of communication and professionalism within an organization to increase productivity and efficiency. In order to develop professional communication, what it means to be a professional must first be understood. A coworker may be known as independent, ego-driven, or ambitious but this does not necessarily mean they are thought of as a professional. According to Richard Bowman, being a professional is akin to “adopting a way of life” (2013). One of the key elements attributed to professionalism is having an emotional intelligence. When someone has the ability to perceive the emotions of those around him/her as well manage their own emotions they are able to handle stressful situations appropriately. It is necessary to be aware of one’s own self as well as the mood around them and embody professionalism by acting emphatically. It is important for a professional to “exhibit self-control, adaptability, flexibility, trustworthiness, and integrity” when communicating (Bowman, 2013). In their every-day activities we must encourage our employees to not only embody the ideals of a professional but to execute as professionals as
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