Can you tell who is the smartest person in the photo?
Of course not. However, when you use your Emotional Intelligence Spidey Sense, there are clues you can spot. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . . people used to say, Fake it ’til you make it” as a mantra. This bravado approach works to a point as long as it stands upon a level of truth.
Imposter Syndrome can be normal for people in new circumstances, like a recently promoted associate to a management position.
• My advice is to step back and observe the team, the task, or new situation before jumping in and taking over.
• Actively listen to whomever is involved with the outcome of the project and engage them.
• Allow their contribution to count.
• Ask questions about what has been accomplished and what is the original vision for the outcome.
* Consider who assigned the task or project and what is that person’s stake in the outcome?
* Vigorously read about your industry and study how your company is positioned there.
* Attend webinars on aligning topics to broaden your perspective.Ask to be included in planning sessions. Your request demonstrates initiative and can make you more visible.
A proven power tool is to assess and raise the team’s and your Emotional Intelligence. Ask me how.
Access this useful tool here: A Letter of Authority
Consider these clues:
- Consider the language the person uses. Do they overuse “big” words to look important. For example, do they “utilize” rather than “use”?
- How does the person appear in posture?
- How do others react to this person?
- What is your take away when you interact with this person?
These are only starter mental notes. Start your own listing.