About a month ago, I was in a chat hosted by TLDCast, and I made a comment along the lines of “I want thought leaders who are DO leaders.” I thought this thought on thought leaders was catchy, and maybe I should blog about it, but, well, life and work and time got away from me.
A recent post by @ActivateLearn on thought leaders made me uncomfortable. Here’s why and how the perspective of @DrLizAlexander as interviewed by @tnvora helped me gain clarity http://michelleockers.com/2018/02/05/thoughts-on-thought-leadership/
So, of course, I had to read the following:
- Helen’s (ActivateLearn) original post You Are Not a Thought Leader,
- Michelle’s post, Thoughts on Thought Leadership,
- And the interview Michelle referenced in her post, How to Establish Thought Leadership? Interview With Dr. Liz Alexander by Tanmay Vora.
And this is what I learned: “I want thought leaders who are DO leaders.” Or, to put it in the words of Dr. Liz Alexander: “Thought leadership, in order to have any value, must provoke meaningful change.”
Leadership of any kind is about action. What do you think?