We see people without formal education in a field have been working in the field for years. They may not know how it works but know how to make it work.
That is the power of thought leadership.
Either in construction, technology and even best in literature, there are many thought leaders who have changed the world. It comes innately and strong.
What is Thought Leadership?
Thought leadership is a quality which verifies that you have knowledge in a field and can help others by providing useful information. It keeps listeners engaged with your explanation.
It helps in your business with advertisement and brand awareness. The ability to gain and give information can build communities, and make people interact. It is the source for huge customers, followers.
As a thought leader you have to express your expertise in your field and share the insights of the work processes. The information will save time and money of the listeners or readers, which is the consequence of good leadership.
Few Ways to Build Thought Leadership From Scratch
Have a good (h)ear
Listening is the best way to become a good speaker, great thinker.
From birth we understand and learn to speak from hearing others speaking. It is our fundamental source for gaining knowledge and expressing our understanding.
It is a qualifying agent for thought leadership.
Listening also develops patience in a person. You must be very dedicated to listening to something. It is in our nature to respond quickly, so the task of listening is very difficult for leaders at first.
But as you gather all your thoughts into organization and listen to what others have to say, you would become a perfect leader, in any field. When you speak, it makes the listener engaged with your visions and increases participation.
The business will gain support from every associated personnels. That support is guaranteed only by your knowledge from your thoughts. So, we need to be more engaged listeners, deep thinkers and speak our mind to support our business.
Find Niche topics
Studying and analysing the trends will help you buildup knowledge about anything. You can learn and express any alienated topics.But what is the threshold of learning things that are trendy? It may have no limits. So, it may not be practical.
As a thought leader, you must maintain a habit of quickly gaining control of your speech or content, whatever that you are doing. You may not be entirely truthful but you should not falsify the information. Then you can be comfortable in any topic of discussion.
After having experience in navigating through different subjects of interest that are popular, you will surely find some that you are good at. You should know where you can express yourself better to build thought leadership.
When it comes to business, having an idea and pitching it to the listeners is a great way to assemble a perfect team. People with special specific skills are always looking for a team handler who can relate to them, their work.
If your niche area of expertise in thought leadership falls under the required business idea, you can improvise from the very beginning, from the scratch.
The way in which you share your ideas with other people must have a structure.
The structure gives the thought and the thought gives the structure. So, it’s the mutual fulfilling paradigm for better thought processing.
How and Why do you deliver your content?
These two questions will help you search for your unique content presentation strategy to the customers. It will guide you to stand off from the competition. The business is completely dependent on the way of expression.
Thought leadership happens in the process of content strategy, and it needs to be crafty. Any startup business can progress with better explanation and execution of the plan. You need motivation for the team to work together, add sponsors to your business, and tackle the problems in the way.
Customers interact, mostly nowadays, with any kind of services and products through websites and applications. All our web documents have content to communicate. It is the foundation for the websites.
Without content there will be only empty containers and buttons. It is like a soul to the body. Life only happens from within the body, every emotion and memories. Content is equivalent to the lives we interact on a daily basis and better content is like a personality that we appreciate.
Progress slowly with granular plans
Implementation of the ideas is essential in business. The more work is done the more you will be complacent. But what if there is a better way to get work done?
Suppose you have an idea and you build a rocket overnight. Surely, you will do a good business. But for a moment if you think about the competitors and lacking products in the market, you could come up with a better business plan.
Maybe there are issues with propelling technique of the rocket, maybe there is a problem in combustion engines. Even with a business of providing better quality screws and joints for the intersection of the capsule, you could do good business rather than another rocket company.
So, with miniaturized business steps you will have time for brainstorming. Time to generate a better goal. And, with the practice of progressing slowly and consistently you can create a better thought process.
Or, with such a thought process you can create a good business model and act on it.
Active use of Quora
Quora is a web platform to quickly engage your thought process. There are bombarding questions and answers, and you can be on both sides of the trenches.
Use of quora widens your knowledge and curiosities. There are many subjects in the world which we will not be able to learn in one lifetime. But we can make an effort to develop understanding of our field of interests and similar subjects to those interests.
You can read and answer on various topics on Quora. After becoming competent in answering the questions you shall slowly develop understanding various topics, even out of your belief of existence. Your knowledge expands unimaginably.
A big encyclopedia in your head is required for thought leadership. The more you know the more you can have relatable interpretations of an idea. You can convince anyone with similar examples and relations. Plus, listeners become impressed by your knowledge in the subject matter and get immersed in the discussion.
Quora has helped many people to think and act with critical thought processing, and apply ideas to their workplace and business. It has helped to build communities of the curious kinds. It is a good place of engagement for progressing in business.
Ignore Conflict of Thoughts
If we have already built up thought leadership in our behaviour, there is still a hurdle that can break our perception.
Conflict in conscience.
When we start speaking about the subject matter that is unknown to us, we will develop a subconscious disturbance with our identity. We will start questioning our being, being true to oneself, as we will be doing fake adjustments just to make our point to the listeners.
This disturbance after some time of accumulation takes a large form of hazard and conflict with every idea we want to process.
We will feel like liars if we speak or prepare content about some alienated topic and question our own words. This conflict of feeling untruthful to life damages the thought leadership practices. You can be out of your game and business may go downhill.
So, in order to preserve the business from self harm, we have to ignore conflict of thoughts.
Success in business needs different things aligned. Some are easily understood and some are indistinguishable.
Thought Leadership is something that is hard to soak in at first. Even while writing about the topic, I had to conform the context with the title much often so that I was on the track.
But I wrote it, I wonder if that makes me a thought leader. What do you say?