How to Become a Thought Leader


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How to Become a Thought Leader will help you to understand in simple terms how you need to act to become a thought leader in your workplace. It will tell you how you can get your team to back your ideas and how to lead the way.

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How to Become a Thought Leader

  1. 1. The Five Steps of Becoming a Thought Leader at Work
  2. 2. “Being a Thought Leader means keeping ahead of where you, your team & your business are heading.” This means that you need to keep ahead of trends, working with others, idea generation, keeping up-to-date with what’s going on in your sector and looking at other interdisciplinary-sectors progression.
  3. 3. 1. Stay Ahead of the Game/Do Your Research: Technology is readily accessible and there is a world of information waiting to be discovered at the click of a mouse. There has never been a better and easier time to keep ahead of what’s happening.  Look at trend predictions for your sector.  Read the latest trade journals  Connect with contacts via social media & blogs to see what they have to say. Make sure that you follow key market leaders and trend analysts in your field of work as they will know better than anyone what is coming next.
  4. 4. 2. Lead by Example: “If you have a new idea, trail it. If you want to try a new marketing campaign then make it happen”. Once you see yourself as a Thought Leader, willing to take controlled risks to stay at the fore- front of your sector, your competitors will realise that you mean business & your staff will start to see that all that thinking isn’t just talk; it’s leading the way to your company’s ultimate success.
  5. 5. 3. Be Confident To be a leader you:  Have to believe in your ideas & plans sometimes without having an example to follow.  Need to be able to motivate a team of people to believe that your idea will work. (The best way to do this is through actions & positive team leading & attitude). “If something you suggested worked before people are more willing to go with future plans. So throw yourself into whatever it is that you are doing!”
  6. 6. 4. Listen to Others While you are coming up with ideas, make sure that you take the time to listen to others in your organisation. They have ideas to & these combined with yours could lead to results better than you could ever imagine! Keeping people involved also means that they are more likely to back your latest idea & remember they are going to be the ones who have to implement your idea & work through the practicalities long after you have moved onto the next thing.
  7. 7. 5. Be Willing to Accept Mistakes & Celebrate Successes You need to be able to admit when something that you suggested or trailed wasn’t right. Being wrong isn’t a bad thing as long as learn from it. By admitting your mistake people will accept and trust your future ideas. If something goes well celebrate this with your team! Keeping them involved & excited is key to building a positive & happy team, who will continue to build up your company to bigger & better things.
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