Everything You Wanted To Know About Thought Leadership

  • April 26, 2018
  • Susan M Steele

Are you a thought leader in your niche or industry?  Do you want to be?

The list below contains links to articles, books, videos and podcasts about thought leadership.  For each link, there is a brief, 1-sentence recap to give you an idea of what it’s about.

I’ve read the two books mentioned, so they get a bit more space.  If you’re trying to figure out how to build your own thought leadership, the links below are a good start.

I hope you find this resource helpful in growing your career as a coach or consultant.  Let me know in the comments your thoughts on thought leadership or any articles I should add to the list!

Quora

Quora is a great place to do research.  The two topics below include some very thoughtful answers around thought leadership.  Definitely worth checking out.

Thought Leader
https://www.quora.com/search?q=thought+leader

What Is Thought Leadership?
https://www.quora.com/What-is-thought-leadership

 

Articles

How To

SE Journal
How To Become A Thought Leader In Your Niche and Build Your Brand
Focused on using content to build your brand
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-becoming-a-thought-leader-through-niche-expert-content-can-build-your-brand/200906/

 

Addicted2Success
The Three Essential Steps to Becoming A Thought Leader
Focuses on the basics and importance of having a plan
https://addicted2success.com/entrepreneur-profile/the-3-essential-steps-to-becoming-a-thought-leader/

 

Entrepreneur
10 Tips On How To Become A Thought Leader
Almost a case study with some excellent examples for each tip
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/300170

 

Inc.
Want To Be A Thought Leader? Here’s How To Stand Out and Be Noticed
Playing it safe could be holding you back
https://www.inc.com/alison-davis/want-to-be-a-thought-leader-heres-how-to-stand-out-be-noticed.html

 

Inc.
How to Become a Thought Leader
How to get your ideas heard
https://www.inc.com/dakota-shane/how-to-become-a-thought-leader.html

 

Inc.
Want to Become a Thought Leader? Don’t Take Shortcuts and Start With These 5 Tips in 2018
Thought leadership is a process that requires practice
https://www.inc.com/kevin-hong/dont-hack-it-5-things-you-can-do-to-gain-real-respect-as-a-thought-leader-in-2018.html

 

Inc.
6 Ways to Position Yourself as a Thought Leader
It’s a commitment – are you ready?
https://www.inc.com/kat-boogaard/6-effective-ways-to-establish-yourself-as-a-thought-leader.html

 

Optus
5 ways to become a thought leader
Create a plan
https://offer.optus.com.au/business/yesbusiness/article/?id=5-ways-to-become-a-thought-leader

 

Influence & Co.
6 Steps For Becoming An Authentic Thought Leader
The importance of being authentic  — a human with relatable experiences
https://blog.influenceandco.com/6-steps-for-becoming-an-authentic-thought-leader

 

Forbes
Five Ways To Position Yourself As A Thought Leader On LinkedIn
How to build your brand on LinkedIn
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/07/21/five-ways-to-position-yourself-as-a-thought-leader-on-linkedin/2/#6439e9e44364

 

Traits

Forbes
How to Recognize The Thought Leader In You
Essential traits to cultivate for your thought leadership
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/11/14/how-to-recognize-the-thought-leader-in-you/#4ce98364334e

 

Parthenon Pub
Thought Leader or Thought Provoker?
Spurring ideas is what the best thought leaders do
https://parthenonpub.com/2017/11/15/thought-leader-thought-provoker/

 

LinkedIn – Stephan Howeg
Everyone can be a thought leader
Thought leadership as a platform
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/everyone-can-thought-leader-stephan-howeg/

 

Inc.
Here’s How to Build a New Career as a Thought Leader
Being consistent is the key to building your career
https://www.inc.com/amanda-abella/heres-how-to-build-a-new-career-as-a-thought-leade.html

 

CIO
What makes a thought leader?
Using thought leadership in a B2B marketing strategy
https://www.cio.com/article/3191395/leadership-management/what-makes-a-thought-leader.html

 

And Now the Other Side …

Forbes
Why People With The Title “Thought Leader” Rarely Are
Unless you’re facing strong opposition to your ideas, you probably aren’t a thought leader (a little tongue in cheek, but fairly accurate)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonconstable/2017/05/16/time-to-drop-thought-leader-from-your-resume/#625bd09677d0

 

Books

Ready to Be a Thought Leader?: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success
Denise Brosseau

This book is very well done and neatly organized.  Ms. Brosseau goes into great detail about shaping your thought leadership, including methods, processes and best practices.  If you know you want to be a thought leader, but you’re not sure where to start, this is a great place.  Ms. Brosseau’s company also offers coaching in thought leadership.

 

Thought Leaders: How To Capture, Package and Deliver Your Great Ideas for Greater Commercial Success
Matt Church, Scott Stein and Michael Henderson

Although this book has a lot of information, it’s based on the authors’ coaching service and I don’t think it translates very well into book form.  In a facilitated, 1:1 conversation, the ideas in the book would make a lot more sense.  With that said, there’s still some valuable information here about what thought leadership means.

 

Videos

Entrepreneur
The 3 Tools Every Expert Needs to Become a Thought Leader
The three tools: a book, a show (video) and an email list
https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/300044

 

Parody Ted Talks – Thought Leader
Intentionally hilarious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecgSlHdkMLA

 

Podcasts

Duct Tape Marketing
How to Become a Thought Leader
Host John Jantsch interviews Elizabeth Marshall
https://www.ducttapemarketing.com/how-to-become-a-thought-leader/

 

PlayerFM
Thought Leader
A nice roundup of podcasts related to the topic of thought leadership
https://player.fm/podcasts/thought-leadership

 

The Thought Leader Revolution Podcast
Nearly 100 episodes in which host Nicky Billou interviews top performers to help you build your thought leadership
Android: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/michael-palmer/the-business-of-thought-leadership
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thought-leader-revolution-podcast-10x-your-impact-your/id1134107972?mt=2

Susan M Steele

  1. Barbara Boldt left a comment on December 5, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Really helpful Susan. Thank you!

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