Question: What is a Professional?

Definition of True Professionals

What is a “professional”?  There are many who consider themselves a “professional”, but that term has lately been used loosely in a much broader sense of the word.  Some define a “professional” as:

-characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession;

-exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace;

-following a line of conduct as though it were a profession;

-participating for gain or livelihood in an activity/field of endeavor engaged in by amateurs;

-having a particular profession as a permanent career.

Some professionals include innovative Entrepreneurs (Bill Gates), Diplomatic Professionals (Condoleezza Rice), or genius Researcher (Albert Einstein) reach extremely high accomplishments, but others include doctors, lawyers, engineers, college professors, research analysts, etc. are apt to exhibit traits of normal professionals: i.e. confidential, of high ethics, trustworthy, honest, responsible, dependable, articulate, respectful of others, polite, etc.

“Professionals” would not be ones to gossip about others, break confidences, be dishonest, steal from others, intentionally embarrass others, not follow through on efforts or work promised, etc.

These days some people in “responsible positions” have lacked high caliber, respectable traits.  Sadly, they come in late to work or slip out early, are inconsiderate and take extended lunch “hours”, being disrespectful of colleagues, and don’t get work done.  Below are good local examples of “true professionals”, as well as fellow colleagues.  How do you stand as a “professional”?

Laura Hampton

Caryn Lee

Julie Haack

LaRita Barber

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