A Definition for Professionalism

by Heather Eastridge ; Updated September 26, 2017

Professionalism is an essential trait both in business and society. It is that quality which drives a person’s appearance, personal and professional interactions, and which provides others with a first impression.


The Merriam-Webster online dictionary broadly defines professionalism as “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.”


Professionalism plays an important role in how a person is perceived by his employer, his co-workers and casual contacts—actually, by every person with whom he interacts.

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Professionalism can have a profound impact in only a matter of minutes. The way that a person first presents herself in a meeting, whether casual or professional, can form the opinions of each person in the room.


The greater the degree to which a person exemplifies professionalism, the easier it will be for him to be set apart from people around him. This outstanding characteristic will cause his superiors to take notice.


Professionalism can (and should) be applied in every business setting in all industries. The more a person or organization displays professionalism, the more opportunities for success it will have.

About the Author

Heather Eastridge is a business professional with a passion for learning. Her areas of expertise include project management, supply chain services and information technology for health care. Eastridge has earned associate degrees in business administration from Trinity Baptist College and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

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