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2 November 2005

What Makes a Thought Leader?

Clearly it requires some deep, specialized but un-myopic subject-matter expertise, some right-brain core competencies, an extremely broad range of interests and readings, and networks and tools that filter and feed the fire hose volume of daily news and information into a manageable stream.

Dave Pollard suggests three main Thought Leadership styles, which depend on individual temporal orientation and knowledge processing behaviour:

  • Guru: Exceptionally innovative yet practical.
  • Visionary: Future-oriented, able to 'think people ahead'.
  • Facilitator: Canvasses and synthesizes others' perspectives and points of view.
Dave's article discussing these ideas can be found at How to save the world.