Qualities of a Professional
A PROFESSIONAL is a person with special expertise to perform his tasks with high standards to earn a living and bound by a Code of Conduct.
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS- is a broad standard of behaviour expected of persons who have been given license to practice a profession. This can conflict with personal ethics.
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY is what members of a profession would take upon themselves that extra mile a professional would travel beyond the call of duty in recognition of the privilege to practice the profession.(Henry J. Lugulu).
A good professional has good WORK ETHIC i.e. a positive moral value on doing a good job and is based on a belief that work has intrinsic value for its own sake. It requires a worker to be diligently ,intelligently and personally accountable and responsible for the work you perform( Joseph Ntayi).
He is bound by ETHICS namely VALUES ( fairness etc) and moral principles governing appropriate behaviour i.e. deciding what is right or wrong.
A Professional stands out as they exude;
Honesty and Integrity –don’t compromise values
High level of excellence
Going beyond the basic requirement
Competency/Reliable get work done
Accountability especially when they have made a mistake
Self Regulation- calm business like demeanour, emotional intelligence, no personal matters during working time
Image- look the part
Code of ethics
Avoid Conflict of interest/Personal gain
Altruistic-greater good over and above remuneration
Great work ethic and professionalism are essential tools for any professional to perform tasks to the best of his abilities for the best results. These are two great habits that equip any PROFESSIONAL to a successful and fruitful career.
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