In my extensive career of more than three decade now, I have worked with many people and have realized, “you meet everyone with a reason, few have ideas and few know how to present them, few are logical, few are ambitious, few are aspiring, few are scared, few are apprehensive, few are exultant and few are contented. But, everyone is important”!
Even before I pen down my thoughts of great thought leadership, I must tell you one tactic of contented living: “the most complicated skill is to be simple”, and very few hold it. Believing the thoughts of Mr. Roy T. Bennett as “Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes”, will create your existence even happier on this planet!
My journey as a leader has taught me these succeeding points about thought leaders:
- Transformations of thinking styles, they create visions and aspirations.
- Loyalty, trust, relationships and stakeholders are what thought leaders build.
- Curiosity and ever-changing world is their motive, thought leaders develop power within people.
- They know who have a different perspective, carry a pre- requisite for change.
- They are the change agents rather than maintaining the status quo.
- They have raving and fervent fans, not employees.
- Thought leaders are mentors, they know their people are optimistic and competent to handle situations well.
- If not me, then who? – is their living style.
- Courage, self-motivation, inspiration and personal connections is a vital aspect in their leadership style.
- They focus on the future and embrace sustainability, whether it’s a men or women- anyone.
- They spread ideas far and wide with focussed change.
- They are authentic and respectable to those who are at ease and have higher acceptability.
- They respect actions and work to bring thoughtful change.
- They believe in themselves and their decisions.
- They get involved and build on specific grounds for the change.
- They develop and hone their ideas continuously.
- They engage with naysayers because they know the world needs people who have the power to step beyond traditional roles.
- Internal voices come in our way, so they respect point of view and perspective.
- Rewards, influence, impact, legacy and career assurance is what develops a strong brand as per them.
- Competence is what they live for as they are unique not copy.
- Being authentic and having a personal brand in spite of mimicking others behaviour is their core idea of life.
- “Long-term” is their idea of missions with intentionality, they are risk-takers.
- Good ideas implication is traits of a true leader, they sell ideas and opinions.
- They appreciate efforts, by supporting their team more than anything- they empower.
These are few points rather success traits for you to be a thought leader by being approachable, sharing lives openly, “the goods, the bad and even ugly”, Now It’s up to you to become a thought leader!