World Templar recognizes those who have characterized professionalism in their lives and careers. The recognized level or rank of Specialist directly relates to the concept of professionalism. Professionalism should not be confused with the status of being a professional by the default value of being paid for what you do. Being a “professional” at your job does not guarantee “professionalism” in your character.
World Templar identifies five (5) salient features of professionalism:
- You have established knowledge in a particular field or specialty
- You have developed specific skills related to that knowledge
- What you do is for the betterment of mankind
- You keep up with technology and the state-of-the-art
- You maintain an altruistic (selfless) concern for those you serve
1. The Establishment of Knowledge in a particular Field or Specialty
In order to approach higher level skills and service, one must increase their knowledge and experience in the area that they show interest. This knowledge traditionally comes from education and certification processes, but it is not required to. Processes that grant degrees or certification are typically products of the institutions and do not necessarily cover all beneficial topics or subjects in their curriculum. Graduates are a product of the institution and have been taught what their professors feel they should know, or should not know. Formal education should always be viewed as valuable, but not complete. One can obtain equal or greater knowledge outside of the formal education process depending on the motivation and initiation of the person themselves. A Templar Specialist is characterized by their ongoing interest to gain more knowledge and experience.
2. The Development of Specific Skills related to that Knowledge
In order to perform you need to develop not only the knowledge, but you need to ensure the ability to master techniques, sequences, coordination, and consistency to achieve the desired outcomes. Some people are smart, but not skilled. Professionalism requires that individuals display a balance of knowledge and skill in their particular area of specialty. A Templar Specialist is characterized by their hard work to continually master techniques to improve outcomes.
3. What You Do is for the Betterment of Mankind
World Templar recognizes the importance of looking past the self and applying your knowledge and skills to a broader population. Not only do you offer your self to the betterment of mankind, but it is also important the mankind can benefit from the service you provide. Being skilled at trimming your toenails does not go far unless you develop beneficial services to those who need assistance with it as well. Professionalism is not oriented to what you can do in for yourself in isolation, but rather what you can do for others around you. A Templar Specialist values service to humanity and is characterized by their ongoing interest in mankind.
4. You Keep Up with Technology and the State-of-the-Art
World Templar understands that part of professionalism is that you keep up with what’s new in your area of specialty and implement techniques and or instrumentation that is obviously better for those you serve. Old school techniques may always play an important role, we just don’t want to be dependent on them, or resistant to new techniques or equipment. A Templar Specialist understands the value of good business, good equipment, and shows an ongoing interest in what is new. Not only are they interested in what is new, but they often have an interest to develop or create inventions or techniques themselves.
5. You Maintain an Altruistic (selfless) Concern for Those you Serve
When it comes right down to a conflict as to whether you should help someone in need, or go goof off, you should always value caring for others. This does not mean you give up your life. But, for example, if there was a mistake in scheduling and someone is outside your door waiting to see you, you should favor service to that person (who did their part) rather than ignoring their need to go off and play around. A Templar Specialist is honest with themselves and knows when they are being selfish in a situation. In those times, the Specialist favors the needs of those they serve.