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Perfectionism and professionalism

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

This article is inspired and requested by a friend, and I am sure it will support you too to define the fine line between perfectionism and professionalism.

"Perfectionism is often defined as the need to be or appear to be perfect, or even to believe that it's possible to achieve perfection. It is typically viewed as a positive trait rather than a flaw. " Perfectionism is applied in all areas of our lives but I will focus on the business area.

Professionalism is defined as “The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well” Professionalism encompasses the way you carry yourself, your attitude and the ways you communicate with others. Being professional can ensure a positive first impression, successful interpersonal relationships and a lasting reputation within your organization and industry.

Starting from the definitions the differences are obvious. From the word perfect to the word well.

But let's get into the gist...

Most people have the idea that perfectionism is doing our best, instead of the need to be perfect in everything. Professionalism on the other hand translates to doing your best in your business or work environment and all the positive aspects and outcomes that I mention above.

Trying to be perfect in everything is exhausting, it's an unstoppable inner talk on how exactly things must be done with a harsh outcome and idea to ourselves for the "perfect".

Although doing your best as a professionalism person you allow yourself to learn more because you allow your mistakes to give you learning and improvement. You are more relaxed, because you have the self knowledge that you are always doing the best possible and you are open to the flow.

But how can you be more professional?

  1. Confidence - First of all, have the confidence that you are doing your best and this will shine as a mirror to everyone!

  2. Be productive - use your time wisely. Set priorities and be organized (see our previous article on how be organized)

  3. Take initiatives and continuous development

  4. Respect the time and the deadline, if it's not possible communicate it earlier

  5. Set goals and create action plans

  6. Demonstrate integrity and effective communication

  7. Finding always the solution - a real problem solver

  8. Constant learning

  9. Acknowledging self-awareness, to become better, accept, reflect, learn and grow.

  10. Demonstrate results

  11. Build relationships

Trusting yourself, embrace all the new possibilities and get ready to design your newest wins.

Design your wins

ICF Certified Life & Business Coach | Christina Michaelidou

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