LCpl Caraballo, Baltazar
Professionalism and Respect
One of the most common qualities of successful people is that they have respect. Respect can have many different meanings. It all depends on the individual who is interpreting what respect is. Having respect is essential for success, because it generates confidence in your abilities and shows a genuine appreciation for what you do, and what you're capable of doing. Professionalism and respect must co- exist for there is no aspect of professionalism without any respect. Respect is needed in order to keep a professional environment in a work place. In order for one to receive respect, respect must be given as well. You first need to generate respect for yourself. This means that you have to set priorities and develop a clear conscience. You must be able to quickly grasp where a situation may end up and accept critique with a clear mind. A leader must be able to mitigate any situation without losing respect for the individuals involved in the situation, being able to quickly resolve the problem at hand and avoid any lose of professionalism. If you prove to others that you stick to a level of ethics and performance, you can quickly gain their respect as well. This begins with leaders in a work environment. Since the leaders are appointed above other individuals, they must set forth the example by showing respect towards those who rely on their leadership and good judgment. A lot of leaders fail in this attempt to receive respect do allowing higher authority, over those they are leading, cloud their judgment. Many believe that due to the position they are in, those who are in lower positions don’t deserve a right to claim the respect they deserve from the individual in the higher position. For example, in the military those who are of higher rank have the mindset that because they have been in longer and have a higher pay grade, those who are of lesser grade must have unconditional...
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