Seven Qualities every Youth Care Professional
should have (or develop).
If you want to find out what the key competencies are for a specific role or job, you should look at what it is that make people fail in that job. Once you have a clear view of the most important causes for failure, it will be obvious, in reverse, what is extremely important.
The following characteristics will put you at a huge risk for failure as a youth care professional:
- Not listening very carefully
- Avoiding confrontations
- Not taking charge when you need to
- Failing to follow through with agreed upon plans and methods too easily
- Being too helpful and as a result, taking over responsibilities too fast
- Thinking you can do it on your own
- Not being able to see how you contributed when things go wrong
In reverse, as a youth care professional you should have or develop the next seven qualities:
- Listen well
- Take position and stand your ground
- Take charge
- Stick to the plan
- Support, but don’t take over
- Work together
- Look in the mirror
Based on research and experience, the next three statements are also true:
- These seven qualities are more or less anchored in our character. In other words, you either have them or you don’t.
- As a youth care professional, you yourself are your most important tool for the job, sometimes even the only one.
- It is statistically impossible for one person to possess all seven qualities by nature.
This forces us to draw the conclusion:
Everybody is incompetent.
The question is, “How bad is it?” and: “What are we going to do about it?”