Leaders worth thinking about
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.