What is meant by thought leadership?
Thought leadership is that you develop expertise in your core functional area or any subject and people in your network always seek your opinion or ideas or your perspectives when they face any problems in the technical domain or subject.
That is, Thought leader is one who is “sought after expert” in a given field or functional domain.
If people in your network or your organization perceive you as an expert in creative problem solver for any business challenges, they will approach you when they face any business struggles. By making yourself as an expert in any given functional domain, you are making an impact on others, or you are delivering results as a leader in a professional environment.
You might have come across some people as an expert in Tooling, Design, Coaching, Negotiation, Investment, analyst, problem solver and so on.
You can become an expert in your functional area with systematic effort.
How to develop thought leadership in your functional domain?
- First, you need to identify your core area or your strength
- Polish your knowledge and skill in your core area
- Continuously add value to others in your core area, especially in a meeting forum or during the crisis in a professional environment
- Over some time, people will identify and associate you with your expertise