A thought leader is an expert, but that expertise can be acquired in different ways. For some people it will have been gained mostly through academic study and research. Someone else may have racked up their 10,000 hours mastery in hands-on experience. It may be through their IQ and curiosity, or street-smart savvy.
It’s likely to be some combination of different routes. They are all valid but require the thoughtfulness practice to become valuable.
Thought leaders are unafraid to create controversy, but they won’t do it just for the sake of it, to create empty headlines. They’re prepared to disrupt old habits to bring in new and improved ways of thinking and working.
The consensus was that thoughtful leadership and thought leadership are hard. It’s far easier to achieve either of them with support. So, if you’re the person who wants to disrupt your industry, how do you get that?
The point was made that some people are excellent at being a coach or a teacher. They may not have achieved the same level that their protegee is reaching for, but they have the skills to support them to achieve it.