Originally answered Jun 13, 2019
From Stephen Collins:
You should never declare yourself a thought leader. You should do great work, share it, and earn the respect of your community.
From Tim Powell:
It is not as easy as just checking some boxes on a to-do list. Your heart and soul really have to be in it.
1. Develop expertise in a field
2. Develop insights that are engaging and useful to others.
- At respected conferences
- At workshops and training courses
- During community of practice events
- On YouTube videos
- In respected periodicals
- Books or book chapters
- Presentations in SlideShare
- Conduct and share interviews
- A regular blog
- Tweet regularly about your field of expertise
- Regularly post, reply, and answer questions in community of practice threaded discussions
- Regularly answer questions in Quora
6. Be interviewed for articles and podcasts
7. Lead or help lead a community of practice or a professional society
8. Don’t give up. But calibrate and pivot when needed.