Who is a professional?
A person with a distinctive personality who sees things in a positive perspective, works in a team and demonstrates his intellectual capabilities is an asset for the company
In the present scenario, the word ‘professional,’ is taking a lead at the workplaces. It is the buzzword around working people. Need not to mention about the importance of this word, it is a driving force of the corporate world. People like themselves to be called professionals. Every worker at the workplace is expected to be complete their work in a professional manner.
Being professional or to become a good professional forever requires special skills and attributes in a person. Some time things can not be managed by words alone, it requires personality which is developed and prepared to deliver skillful deeds of your own. Preparation and development of such type of personality definitely takes time and that time must be utilised while practicing the four core skills. These skills are team skills, intelligence skills, managerial skills and enterprising skills (time skills). There are many other skills apart from these four that describes a professional, but mentioned four skills will help you to develop the professional attitude while delivering your services.
There could be mammoth projects or small assignments; nothing can be completed if there is no team work. History is evident of many cases where battles were lost due to non cooperation of team mates and many projects; many organizations have seen themselves getting dumped due to lack of team work. If any one likes to be called a pro- fessional, then they has to be a good member of a team. They should understand all the roles and responsibilities of a team work and must deliver them religiously.
It has been observed that, people are working in a team, but in reality, the clash of ego, negativity, self praise, selfish objectives, carelessness and unethical use of authorities silently kill the essence of team work. Assignments are completed and missions are accomplished, but with self constructed difficulties and a mix of human errors. These human errors some times cost so heavily that apart from the post project financial losses they could also claim lives of human beings.
The word professional leaves no room for errors, carelessness and selfishness; once a member of a team, always remains a member of the team. Whatever it takes or at which level you operate might be at team leader position or as a team member, a good professional forever keeps the essence of a team work.
Intelligence skills are crucial for a good professional. These skills not only guide how to accumulate knowledge, but at the same time demonstrate how to use knowledge for managing the situations. The intelligence skills let the professional apply brainpower by synthesizing the knowledge gained by the experiences and information gathered through books, magazines and other educational literature.
Every good professional needs to be a good problem solver; techniques and methods to solve problems heavily depend upon the intelligence skills. It is imperative to mention here that intelligence skills do require positive thinking. The positivity is critical and if you are positive about the situation and willing to provide a solution then only you could be in a position to understand the given situation and present a better solution. Combination of team skills and intelligence skills presents a synergic impact on personality of a professional.
It has been conveyed about managerial skills through articles, seminars and workshops. From this you can understand the importance of these skills for a professional. Apart from managing people, managing assignments, managing projects and managing organizations, there is one more management and that is managing self. Often managers manage everything but in that rush and hectic routine they forget to manage themselves. In this process slowly they start feeling monotonous, tired, and restless and feel as they lack motivation and self encouragement. It is the time to rejuvenate, bring more creativity and innovation in managing everything you are accounted for.
The enterprising skills are the need of the hour. A good professional forever is a person with the distinctive personality who sees the things in brighter, positive perspective, works in a team, and demonstrates his intellectual capabilities for the well being of an organisations. (Prof Arora is a Punjab-based career skill developer with more than 15 years of business experience. He can be contacted at email@example.com)