Lead­ers worth think­ing about

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SE­NIOR staff should as­pire to be ‘‘ Thought Lead­ers’’ and be known for their in­no­va­tive ideas in or­der to help their or­gan­i­sa­tion progress.

The new buzz words for se­nior ex­ec­u­tives al­lude to work­ers who are more ‘‘ thinkers’’ than ‘‘ do-ers’’.

But or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant IB Coach­ing di­rec­tor Mery­dith Wil­loughby says it takes a lot of work and a lot more than lip ser­vice to forge a rep­u­ta­tion as an in­no­va­tive thinker.

‘‘ Thought Lead­ers stand out from the crowd,’’ she says.

‘‘ They are eth­i­cal, authen­tic, ad­mired, pow­er­ful, in­tel- ligent, con­fi­dent peo­ple who have no qualms about say­ing what’s on their mind.

‘‘ At the fore­front of cur­rent think­ing and be­hav­iour, they ap­pear to be fear­less . . . al­though this is not nec­es­sar­ily the inside story.’’

To be a Thought Leader, work­ers should:

EM­BRACE so­cial me­dia. New think­ing of­ten comes from in­for­ma­tion gleaned from new tech­nolo­gies or hav­ing a strong on­line pres­ence and net­work.

SPEAK at events. Put up your hand to speak at in­dus­try break­fasts, con­fer­ences or to char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions as this will build your pub­lic pro­file.

PUB­LISH a book. In­creas­ing sales of e-books is mak­ing it eas­ier for un­known writ­ers to pub­lish their knowl­edge. Hav­ing your in­sights in the mar­ket­place helps spread your ideas.

WIN an award. Noth­ing beats con­fir­ma­tion of your su­pe­rior skills or knowl­edge than be­ing recog­nised and re­warded for it by an in­ter­nal or ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Wil­loughby says Thought Lead­ers are ex­perts in their area and are driven by pas­sion, en­thu­si­asm and a real de­sire to change the world in their spe­cific area.

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