Here are a few quotes that explain Thought Leadership before I answer the question, “Why, You Stand a Chance To Become a Thought Leader?”.
“Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas”
– Denise Brosseau
These words reminded me of people such as the Village Sarpanch (elected head of the village in India), the President of Panchayat Raj, and the priest in a temple. They all have something in common.
- They are all Opinion Leaders.
- They are the go-to people in their field of expertise.
- They are trusted sources.
- And, maybe also people who inspire with innovative ideas.
So, think here for a moment. “Are they all Thought Leaders?”
Here is another quote.
“Thought leadership is at the center of a strong executive-positioning plan. It focuses on an idea or problem that you are passionate about, and that you will continue to be passionate about no matter what industry you work in or job you have.”
– Cheryl Kim
As I read this, I picture a stubborn entrepreneur and an adamant kid.
- Again, both have a strong executive-positioning plan.
- They focus on the problem that they are passionate about.
- They will continue to be passionate, no matter what!
Breaking down these two definitions of a Thought Leader brings me to a dormant reality — each one of us stands a chance to be a Thought Leader.
Just like the maidservant, Cinderella stood a chance to try the glass slipper and become a princess.
Now, do you believe in yourself?
If you are still skeptical and in self-doubt, here is a cue from Michael Porter, the management guru,
“You don’t have to be the best. You just have to be different.”
That brings us to find out ‘Who is a Thought Leader?’, and how to set oneself apart from the noise?
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