There are many reasons why you might want to be a thought leader at work. What I hear most frequently in executive coaching is that people want to come across more coherent and thoughtful in their reasoning and thinking. In the process, they then become more visible and influential.
Personally, I think that the main reason you should pursue though leadership at work is because it shows your co-workers that you are deliberate and reasoned in your thinking at that you have taken time to apply yourself to a specific problem, idea, or theory. A great way to create authority.
It’s not easy to become a thought leader though.
You cannot simply post random articles and thoughts and hope that you will be branded as a thought leader.
It takes intentionality and consistency.
Below is my 2M Model for thought leadership at work.
The first aspect of thought leadership you need to consider is the Model.
This simply means that you are arranging your thoughts in a manner that is coherent and easy to digest.
Have you ever noticed how easy models make it to understand an idea or concept?
Think of the Hedgehog concept by Jim Collins.
How much easier is it to understand the idea behind this concept because of the way it has been presented?
Additionally, I am sure you would agree that we subconsciously give more weight to ideas presented to us in this manner.
So, the first step for you towards thought leadership is to study and use the models of others. And then, start creating your own.
The Modeling step is all about walking your talk.
Nothing comes across as more inauthentic as a thought leader who doesn’t embrace their own ideas.
Can you imagine Simon Sinek not asking WHY when starting a new business or venture?
Can you imagine or Patrick Lencioni not engaging in positive conflict as required?
But there is a deeper level to this.
When we talk about modeling your ideas it means that they have to come to life. They have to change how people behave and for that to happen you need to provide some practical ideas but also show how it happens.
Want To Be A Thought Leader?
If you’d like help implementing the 2M Model for yourself then let’s chat. I frequently help my clients to gain more clarity with regards to their thinking. In the process, we not only create models and frameworks to help them better communicate their ideas but we also talk about the nitty gritty of how those ideas look in practice.