BECOMING A THOUGHT LEADER

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BECOMING A THOUGHT LEADER

BECOMING A THOUGHT LEADER

Oluwole JOSEPH

Want to be a Thought Leader

Being a thought leader is

different than being perceived as one.

Many claim to be a thought leader. But thought leadership isconferred, notclaimed.3

What they do to be recognized

as thought leaders.

Make your thought original

ADD something new to any conversation

Are you an innovator in your area of expertise? One clue you might be a thought leader is when others start quoting you because youre saying something that either hasnt been said before or you are adding a new dimension to the idea and/or the way you say it.6

Give THOUGTS that organizations are willing to consistently pay to hear.

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Write a really good article

In the age of the internet, self-publishing is very easy. Even publishing a traditional book isnt that hard. Selling lots of the book you write (regardless of how you publish it) is very hard. Even marketing by itself wont likely sustain a mediocre effort. If you write a really good book that benefits others, that increases the odds you might actually be a thought leader.8

Practice what you teach.

It is tough to be a thought leader in any area where you dont have real world experience. 9

Do some research

Researching other research and synthesizing it has value but it isnt primary research. One of the reasons that Jim Collins is a true thought leader is that he does the hard and exhaustive work of designing, administering and analyzing original research.10

Stay connected with other thought leaders

Do you know who are considered the seminal experts in your arena? What are the best books written on the subject? Are you involved in the professional organization or association of your profession? No thought leader is an island.11

Study hard. Think hard.

Deep thinking is hard and thats why it isnt often done. No intellectual pain, no thought leader gain. Superficiality is the curse of thought leadership.12

Where there are far more thought

followers than thought leaders.

Oluwole JOSEPH-

Learning & Development Practitioner.

oluwole.joseph@ymail.com

+2348020590511