What is a Thought Leader?
Denise Brosseau, the founder of Thought Leaders Lab, pointed out that thought leaders are informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field. With this definition, it is important to note that a thought leader has expertise in a specific industry. As a thought leader, you have an idea that inspires people around you.
Thought leadership is a lifetime project, and as such, it’s not for everyone. It takes years to establish authority in a particular field and be well-known by other top influencers.
Just as Brian Tracy said, “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.” When you have nothing to show for your claim, you do not need to call yourself a leader, worse still, a thought leader.