The secret to becoming the ultimate “thought leader…”

With the risk of coming across boastful….
Yesterday, I was contacted by a leading business media in North America to write an article for them discussing my ideas on what is the best way to become a “thought leader.”

This was in reference to a Harvard Business Review article on “how to become a thought leader in six steps.”

Firstly, I state unequivocally, I am not a “thought leader.”

I don’t pretend to be a “thought leader.”

I am from the old school where there was no such thing as self promoting “thought leaders.”

The world we live in today has become so focused on self promotion, all at the same time craving acceptance from others that selfishness dominates …. pollutes our thought process.

A true “thought leader” does not need to intentionally,  market and hustle his/her “thoughts….”

Like a great leader doesn’t need to command people to follow…

Is “leadership” something which can be taught?

Let’s be honest….

Can someone sitting behind a computer in a cushy office at Harvard teach leadership??

No disrespect.

No matter how great of a leader the person might be or have been ….can the secrets to their success as a leader be summed up on a blog or in a book?

…Is “thought leadership” something so simple it can be taught in 6 clear steps on a blog?

In reality …

What works “leading” an American employee does not necessarily work “leading” an employee in China, India, Japan, not to mention, “leading” a woman employee in Saudi Arabia…

Moreover, it can be argued that the abundance of media has created an overflow of information.
We are hammered daily by worthless content trying to sell us short cuts ….
The secret to becoming the ultimate thought leader in just 6 simple steps…”

In my humble opinion — there are no manuals which one can buy that outline the secrets of how to lead to people….whether leading them in action or in thought.

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I must admit — it would be cool to be able to boast to my 109 close friends on facebook that I wrote a post for a major business magazine sharing all the secrets of my brilliance…
however, it would go against everything this blog (I) stand for, thus I turned down the opportunity to discuss my opinion on the secrets to becoming the ultimate thought leader.

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2 thoughts on “The secret to becoming the ultimate “thought leader…”

  1. I am happy that I came acroos this blog….. Because it is a food for thought….. by the way, may I ask, with all repect, why you are finding it difficult to admit that you are a thought leader. Indeed, you are a though leader, because you are leading the thoughts of all those who hears you or reads your posts to greater heights……. actually it reflects on an era when the world was not so materialistic….. It makes one feel better that there is still hope in believing in Fairy Tales or things like that…

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