What are thought leaders?
What has come of the "new" leadership style, is one where if someone has had channel success (channel success ... is someone who has found success in a single channel. Like in social media, blogging, video) they are then presented to the world as to new "greatest" thought leaders.
But that's where I and the "new" way of defining leaders part ours ways.
Let me explain, to have the ability to be a leader, it's really about your ability to inspire "others" to do great things. See for me, it's not what you have been able to find success in (channel success) but what you have been able to do that has inspired others to do great thing. Thus leading by that way, people keep following.
Which brings us back to the question about, "what are thought leaders?"
To me (and someone that I have followed for 20+ years now) is Michael E. Gerber. He is a true legend of entrepreneurship. INC. Magazine called him “the World’s #1 Small Business Guru.” He started over 40 years ago addressing a significant need in the small business market: businesses owned primarily by people with technical skills but few business skills, and no place to go to get meaningful help. Over the years, Michael E. Gerber’s companies have helped tens of thousands of small business owner-clients to successfully transform their businesses into world-class operations.
So for me, to be a thought leader and a leader in these "new" times, I will follow someone that has a proven track record of inspiring others to do great things. To me that's a "Thought Leader" and that is why I will continue to follow him.
Do you follow those that are "true" leaders, those that are true thought leaders?
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