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Blog Leadership (BL)

Blog Leadership (BL)

There are constant questions and comments on social media about “thought leadership”: how to become a thought leader, how to sustain the position, what to do if you “burn out,” and similar nonsense.

I say “nonsense” because “thought leader” (or “guru” or “icon”) isn’t a position gained by passing tests, or being interviewed by an approving board, or becoming “certified.” Such honorifics are bestowed by others who find your work useful, important, and effective. No one walks into a room with a badge proclaiming “thought leader” or a listing anywhere that says, “Joan Smythe, TL.” (“My spouse is a rocket scientist.” “Oh, yeah, well mine’s a thought leader!”)

Besides, what the hell does the phrase mean? That you have more thoughts than other people, or that your thoughts are qualitatively superior according to Thought Leader University?

If you want help, focus on “results leaders.” You don’t want people who build drills, you want people who recognize the need for holes.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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