Business Administration Education Guide

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What is a professional?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Professional

1 a: of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession b: engaged in one of the learned professions c (1): characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2): exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

Being a professional can mean different things to different people. However, I believe that most people can agree that being a professional means you are confident and responsible. A professional can be trusted and has respect for other professionals and you have taken the time to learn valuable skills and experience in your chosen field. In addition, the best professionals (in my opinion) are the ones that keep an open mind towards the future of new and advancing business concepts and ideas.

In the words of Guy Le Boterf, a French expert on the development of competencies, "A Professional is a person who possesses a personal body of knowledge and of know-how which is recognized and valued by the market.

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