Developing Crucial Professional Skills: Self-Reflection


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First skill: Teamwork
What is the core skill?
Teamwork can be defined as the ability by which individuals can work in a collaborative
manner with a group of people. This is mainly done to achieve a goal or an objective that is set
by an organization. Teamwork can be defined as the crucial part of the business as it enables
employees to not only cooperate and coordinate in their different activities but also enables each
of them to use their individual skills and knowledge and providing constructive feedback to
achieve success in the organization (Brock et al., 2017). Present day workplaces promotes the
concept of teamwork to achieve success where employees in the workplace can act as team
members and thereby plan ahead, work cooperatively to assign tasks, assess progress and thereby
deliver the proper work on time (Matteson, Anderson and Boyden, 2016). This reduces the time
taken by individual if he does the work alone and reduces the chance of failure of the assignment
as more than one mind are acting for achieving the organizational goals.
Why is this core skill important?
Teamwork skill is very important in workplace as it has number of different benefits in
workplace. Individuals who can successfully engage in teamwork can develop an environment in
the workplace that fosters creativity and learning. This helps the organisation to overcome many
crisis in an innovative way which might not have been possible in traditional methods were
applied (Briiton et al. 2017). The second benefit is that it helps in blending the complementary
strengths that helps in achieving the organisational gaols much easily. For example, when one
individual has a skill of creative thinking and other has a skill of organization and planning, both
can work as team to achieve the goals easily. It also gives scope to team workers to build trusts

easily, learn the ways of conflict resolution skills, develops a wider sense of ownership and
encourage healthy risk taking (Felstead et al. 2016)
Reflect on your current competent regarding this skill
One of the most important attribute that prevents me from effectively participating in
teamwork is my introvert nature. Due to my introvert nature, I am not bake to express my
concerns and feelings when in participate in any teamwork. Due to my introvert nature, many of
my friends and colleagues negatively perceive me and think that I suffer from superiority
complex or that I am avoiding them purposely. In many other cases, as I am not able to express
my views on any topic, they take me as less competent and tend to lose their trust on me. As I
cannot engage in effective feedback sharing sessions, they feel that I am disinterested in the
project and assume that I might withdrawn or not complete my projects effectively. The negative
perceptions about me affect my teamwork and in turn, the organisational mission and visions are
also affected.
Can you identify any contradictions from your analysis above?
I have conducted the Johari window where my introvert nature was identified as the skill
that was both known to me as well as known by the team members. My very close friends had
been able to identify my introvert nature and had advised me to overcome such nature gradually
as this might affect my future professional lives, therefore, I will retry my best to overcome my
introvert nature so that I can participate in team working effectively.

How will this skill help me in the future?
Effective team working skill would help me to develop bonds and relationship with my
colleagues and would help me to work cooperatively (Ali et al., 2017). I would be able to
contribute my ideas and suggestions successfully and thereby would help my team members as
well as my organization to reach the zenith of success.
Second skill: Assertiveness
What is the core skill?
Assertiveness can be defined as the ability by which an individual professional develops
the ability to tell others of their feelings, beliefs, opinions, suggestions and needs in a honest
manner without hurting the emotions and feelings of others. Individuals with high level of
assertiveness can clearly express their concerns regarding the tasks that they are not comfortable
in doing and hence cannot perform them if assigned (Siu et al. 2017). Many researchers have
also described this as the ability by which individuals are able to stand up for themselves. Many
people are low on assertiveness that means that they feel guilty when they try to speak up for
themselves (Warland et al. 2014) . They are therefore seen to keep themselves quite which
makes them feel bad, hopeless and powerless. Individuals who are assertive are always found to
be self-assured and therefore they can gain power from this to get their point across firmly, fairly
and even with empathy.
Why is this core skill important?
When an individual is assertive, it would not be possible for any other employees to
exploit the former and take advantage of the individuals. This skill would also help the individual

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