Mastering Professionalism in a Workplace Environment

As a leader, there are certain work ethics, values, and conduct that you are expected to uphold. It’s important to constantly work on developing yourself and your skills to ensure you’re setting a good example for your team and those around you. These are only a few areas that are important to focus on to drive a successful, professional team.

  • Attire– Dress for success. It’s no secret that when you dress your best, you feel your best. This will boost performance and will set a strong example for your team. Keep in mind your industry or company and their specific protocol for dress. Even if your office is business casual, still come in looking put together, collected, and presentable. Oftentimes, others will look toward your self-care as a reflection of your ability to manage and conduct your work. The way you present yourself may impact the level of responsibility or trust that is granted to you, and this is a simple and surefire way to demonstrate your professionalism.
  • Stress Management– Make sure to manage your stress in an appropriate manner. Don’t get flustered, agitated, or impatient with your team. However, don’t retreat or withdraw from them either. Transparency is key in leading your team toward success. You don’t want to bear the burden on them, but you will want to be as transparent as possible about your limited time or your situation so that they have insight as to why you may not be as available to them. Remember, you’re not divulging everything in your team. Rather, you are letting them know about your situation at a high level so they understand where you’re coming from. Doing so will also influence your team to follow suit when they find themselves in a similar situation.
  • The Brand– You represent your company’s brand. If you attend an event, have a positive, professional look and attitude. You will be representing yourself and your organization. When selling yourself and your company, act professionally. Exude confidence when networking with others and make sure to leave a strong impression that is reflective of your company’s values. 
  • Ownership– Look to yourself before pointing the finger at others. Good, strong leaders take ownership when something is their fault — and they’re transparent about it. This encourages a culture of accountability among their team, while demonstrating the fact that this happens to everyone. It is important to address it, find a solution if there is one, and then move on while having learned from the experience. This will inspire your team to emulate this behavior and transparency if they find themselves in a similar bind. If in the end, it does happen to be one of your team member’s blunders, ask yourself what you could have done differently to produce a better outcome. There is a learning lesson in everything, even if the incident didn’t occur on your account.
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