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Leadership and Professionalism

Posted By Thomas Geaslin, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Hello Everyone, My name is Thomas Geaslin. I am currently a Music Education Major at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. I love to sing and play a variety of instruments. While deciding on a major, I decided I would like to have a job that is fun. I wanted a job that would inspire people to think beyond the walls and expand their horizon of creativity and exploration. So I decided to become a teacher. I wanted to teach and lead the future of our country. I wanted to show my leadership capabilities. As a teacher, you have to be a leader and demonstrate your professionalism to the students, parents, faculty, and community. You have to show your leadership capability. You have to show that you can handle stress under pressure. I have demonstrated all of this and I would like to give thanks to my retail experience. In retail, I had to teach, lead, inspire, encourage, and dress in a professional manner. I have been working in the retail field for around 22 years now. I have had several management opportunities along the way. While managing my stores, I quickly learned the importance of professionalism, courtesy, respect, and honesty. As a young retail professional, it was difficult for me to grasp the importance of it all at first. The more I stayed with it, the more I learned and the more I grew professionally. Dressing professionally is extremely important. You are representing yourself and the company that you are working for. You are demonstrating to people that you respect the company you work for, what you do, and who you are. This plays an important roll in the way people treat you in the workforce. If you dress unprofessionally, why should the customers and your employees do the same. This also would have an impact on how your employees feel towards you and the job they are doing. It will have an impact on your employees job performance. Your employees self esteem would drop dramatically. The employees would start having a less pride in the company. It has an effect on the entire company, and it all falls back on how you present yourself. Not only does dressing professionally have an impact, your actions have a roll in this as well. How you act towards your employees, your customers, and other people play a huge roll in having a successful business. If you show professionalism towards your customers, employees, and every day people, they will respond professionally towards you. How you treat others shows everyone that you know what you are doing. It shows that you love what you do and you respect the company that you work for. You will end up gaining the confidence of your employees. Your employees need a leader that they could trust. Education plays a huge roll in a successful business as well. The more you know, the better. If you stay educated in the field you are working in, the more opportunities you have at advancement. You gain the confidence in your customers and your employees. Everyone would know that they could rely on you to know what to do and how to do it. You are the subject matter expert!! S.M.E.

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