As someone who has worked in the skilling space for half a decade, I have often wondered what it takes to be a good professional. In the beginning, I did what any typical millennial would do–I Googled it.

The internet is filled with an unlimited number of articles on the subject–three ways to fulfill your dreams, five things highly successful people do, seven behaviors that the rich and famous swear by, etc. Some were helpful, but most were just click-baits. I wasn’t happy with what I found.

So I decided to ask some real professionals what they think. You know, hear it directly from the horse’s mouth.

One of the perks of working in the curriculum team at Harappa is the access one gets to brilliant professionals and academics. We’ve partnered and recorded videos with 50+ faculty members–the very best of the world of work and academia.

Here’s are some good personal habits that an individual should adopt for success:

  1. Don’t let first impressions be final

Yes, first impressions matter. But don’t let them be what you judge a person by. You never really know why they acted, behaved or came across the way they did. Give second chances.

  1. Understand the business of your organization

No matter what role you play in an organization, understand the business and the competition. You will be able to contribute better if you understand what your business’ priorities are.

  1. Take charge of your learning

Your organization may have a limited ability and interest in your growth. Ensure you regularly make time to learn something new or interesting.

  1. Care for the team that you lead 

When you lead a team, you are not only accountable for the work you are expected to deliver, but the growth and wellbeing of your team. Respect their time and invest in them.

  1. Partner with people when in conflict    

When in conflict, try to be empathetic to other’s needs and challenges, and try to meet them halfway. Work with them to find solutions that they will be equally invested in.

  1. Go beyond the call of duty

At times, you might have to do work that is above and beyond your responsibilities. Be willing to do this without expectations of payout. There will be several intangible rewards in the long run.

  1. Take risks & try new things

Sticking to your comfort zone and doing the things you are good at might seem like a good plan. But it limits your ability to grow. Ambiguity isn’t always bad, embrace the uncertainty.

  1. Be clear about your priorities

Early in your career, you should spend time experimenting to figure out what you’re good at and makes you come alive. But, once you know, make an effort to find a niche.

  1. Don’t compromise on your values and ethics

We live in a world where the lines are increasingly blurred between what is acceptable and not. It is crucial to know what you stand for and what is non-negotiable for you.

  1.  Respect everyone equally

Age is no longer a justification to exclude people from participating in discussions. Ensure you are asking the youngest member of your team to share their views before everyone else.

Sanjay Deshpande is Senior Manager, Curriculum at Harappa Education.

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