Thought leaders change the way that people think.
Because they have first identified either a problem or a gap in the way that others are thinking. Thought leaders think differently, but they also have the ability to effectively communicate new ways of thinking to others.
A genuine thought leader leads by example; they don’t just think about things, they also implement.
If you want to become a thought leader then you must by necessity become a person of action, you must put your shoulder to the plough and put your hands in the dirt.
The people who change the way we think are invariably those who have spent a considerable amount of time at street level, struggling, fighting and pushing against the status quo.