Some are born leaders; others learn the right tactics to influence people!
Thought leadership is important because powerful thoughts contribute to powerful results
Nowadays, the term, ‘Thought Leader’, is used quite often and one might tend to think it is one of those new words doing the rounds. In reality, a thought leader is very important to both people and businesses. An effective thought leader is someone who has in-depth knowledge of topics and subjects that no one else has and offers guidance to, or influences, people around them. As an expert in a company, or society, a thought leader with his/her reputation can help others enormously with his/her insights.
Some people are born leaders. But business leaders who strive to become ‘Thought Leaders’ can try to adopt the right tactics to successfully influence others irrespective of their field and become a trustworthy source of acuity and information.
Experts say thought leaders possess an inherent ability to contribute to conversations taking place now and, at the same time, are able to foretell what is about to happen in the near future. They also set the pace for the industry they belong to and provide in-depth understanding and views. This special quality allows thought leaders to bring opinions to the table no one else can provide.
What approach to follow…
If you wish to establish yourself as a reliable person in any field, you have to put in hard work, dedication and time. Thought leaders keep growing their experience and credibility. You can try to learn the key leadership principles and follow the best practices of successful thought leaders, like Steve Jobs, Tim Ferris or for that matter Deepak Chopra, to build a leadership career for yourself.
Define your area of expertise: First, clearly define your area of expertise that will help you build your brand, establish credibility in your field and build your profile. For instance, a fitness expert focuses on what she knows best, exercises. This helps her grow within that space and she is invited to speak at fitness events or asked to write for newspapers and magazines, among others.
Continue the learning process: In the age of digital technology, every industry is changing. As a thought leader, you should stay updated on what is happening in your field, so that you can add valuable inputs and share ideas. You have to keep learning about your industry and understand the larger picture of the economy too. You have thought fast and study market dynamics to find patterns, be able to analyze those and offer solutions to the issues you face.
Listen to what the others say: Thought leaders do not always have all the answers. But it is important to admit what you do not know and listen to what others have to say. Learning from others in your field is a great way to stay connected with peers and expand your knowledge in the subject. It is important to draw your ideas from multiple sources to increase the chances of getting fresh ones.Focus on only a few subjects: It is absolutely fine if you share opinions on various subjects to show you are a well-rounded professional. But, as a successful thought leader, you should focus on a particular line or specialty. Covering too many topics can be difficult to manage and create an impression that you are unfocused. Athought leader’s success is comes from a sharp focus in a particular field.
About the Author
Mr. Harish Jagtani, a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.
Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors.