Law Firm is built upon the core value of professionalism, not because as a law firm we are by definition professionals, but because professionalism is set of values and actions we practice every day. I think it is extremely important as an attorney to embody professionalism. This does not just hold true for attorneys, but also for employees in all business areas.
How to be Professional
Acts of professionalism are not just based upon dressing the part, it is so much more. The following are nine things I believe can make us all better professionals.
- Be proud of your work
It’s actually a pretty simple concept. You wouldn’t be proud of sloppy work, right? So, everything you do should reflect your commitment to solid work that you are proud of. A job well done makes you a professional.
- Serve others, not yourself
As a personal injury attorney, I have based my career on serving others, but whatever your job, you should work to better others either directly or indirectly. Not only is this a part of professionalism, but it just makes the world a better place.
- Learn from others’ experience
Respect others’ experience and learn from it. In doing so you are making yourself a stronger professional who has a greater understanding of your field of work.
- Welcome challenges
A professional doesn’t shy away from a challenge or feel that they are just a hassle. I often embrace a new challenge. If anything, challenges keep you on your toes.
- Show respect for others
In a previous blog I wrote about respect. In providing respect and dignity to others you are able to create a better professional relationship with others and a better environment for everyone around you.
- Demonstrate an admirable character
By having a great moral and strong character, you create a greater sense of professionalism. Admirable characteristics often consist of: good judgment, good manners, respect, reliability, trustworthiness, fairness, and caring.
- Continue to grow and learn
Whatever your field of work is, knowledge and best practices in that area surely changes from time to time. Therefore, it is important for you to continue to learn and grow as both a person and a professional.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
This relates to the above tip, but if you fail to ask important questions, you will fail to grow and learn as a professional. Questions show that you are thinking and want to learn. There is nothing better than that.
- Separate personal time and work time
One of the easiest ways to be a professional is dedicating work hours to job performance. Of course your personal life is important, but maintaining the separation allows you to focus on your clients, employees/employer, and other job responsibilities.
Professionalism doesn’t just need to encompass your work life; you can also be professional in other aspects of life. Yet starting at the work place will only further your growth as a professional and person.