It takes a great deal of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to recognize the opportunity to stand out and to be effective in a group setting. EQ, is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Having a high EQ can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to standing out and taking control of a conversation.
First, EQ allows you to be aware of your emotions and how they may affect your communication style and behavior. This self-awareness can help you regulate your emotions in a productive and not disruptive way to the team.
Second, having a high EQ means you can pick up on the emotions of others, such as frustration or confusion, and adjust your communication style accordingly. This can help you guide the conversation in a more effective way and ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Third, EQ allows you to be empathetic towards others and understand their perspectives. This can help you build rapport with team members and foster a more collaborative environment.
Overall, having a high EQ can make you a more effective communicator, leader, and team player, which can help you stand out and guide the team toward a successful outcome.
Here are some other more traditional tips:
1. Be proactive: Take initiative and come up with creative ideas or solutions. Show your team that you are willing to put in extra effort to achieve success.
2. Be a team player: Collaborate with others and be supportive of your team members. Be willing to help out when needed and contribute to group discussions.
3. Communicate effectively: Listen actively to others, ask questions, and express your ideas clearly and confidently. Good communication skills are essential for standing out in a team.
4. Build strong relationships: Get to know your team members and build positive relationships with them. Networking is important, as it can help you establish yourself as a valuable member of the team.
5. Develop your skills: Work on developing your skills, whether it’s improving your technical abilities or your soft skills such as leadership or time management. Show your team that you are constantly improving and growing.
6. Take on leadership roles: Volunteer to lead a project or take charge of a team. This will show your team that you are a natural leader and can take charge when needed.
7. Be reliable: Meet deadlines, be punctual, and follow through on your commitments. Being dependable is a key trait of someone who stands out in a team.
Always be present, I say this not in the literal sense but more so, be fully engaged in the discussion or activity. Try not to multi-task or get distracted or sidetracked. Listen actively, ask clarifying questions, participate, give opinions and react. This shows that you're interested, and want to be there.
Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something. Many times others in the group have the same question. Although they may not acknowledge it, they secretly appreciate you for asking.
Always be professional and respect what others have to say.
Try to know the other team members at an individual level. If you are able to get one-on-one time with some or all of them, do so. This will help you build relationships and rapport, which will translate well in a team setting.
Know that, not everyone may appreciate if you stand out, but do not let that hold you back. If you want to participate, if you have something to say, if you have a comment or question, speak up -- never feel suppressed! It will always benefit you -- and the team will know who you are!
Best of Luck!
- Tercara P.