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There are 3 types of thought leaders. Which type are you?


Hi there, it’s Peter Winick. I’m the founder and CEO at Thought Leadership Leverage, and here’s the idea that I’d like to share with you today, and that’s this: As thought leaders, there are three unique perspectives that one could have, or three sort of places of origin, if you will, that most thought leaders come from. I think the issue is to realize what your default is and how to adjust when needed.

So, there’s an academic perspective. You know, traditionally, someone that comes from academia is research-based. They can quote the data. They come out of a very theoretical background, and that’s incredibly rich and important when it comes to the work that we do. Then there is what I would call a practitioner perspective, a consultant, someone that works with folks solving the problems that you solve, and that has an interesting basis in origin.

And then the last one is coming from sort of that entrenched experience, being the senior business executive in an organization that is tasked with or has the responsibility of X. Sometimes what happens is these three don’t get along too well. So, the academics can be too theoretical, right? The practitioners could draw their work more from experience than data, and the business folks are a little bit less patient and less concerned with the data. They live under the pressures of time and the quarterly basis that they have to show the impact on.

So, what I would ask is two things of you. Number one, what is your default? Do you even know what it is? And can you move your default a little bit if you’re a little bit more focused on the academic side when you’re working with a buyer that really needs business results? Can you make that transition? When you’re coming from a practitioner perspective and you’re dealing with someone that might have a bit of a more academic bent, could you get into the data a little bit more?

So anyway, what’s your default, and how does that play to your strengths, and where do you need to adjust and accommodate to win in the marketplace more as a thought leader? Again, love to hear your thoughts, as always. Thank you.

Peter Winick has deep expertise in helping those with deep expertise. He is the CEO of Thought Leadership Leverage. Visit Peter on Twitter!

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  1. Great article Peter. Yes, I absolutely do know my default. I am the practitioner with some academic perspective. I was a Registered Nurse for 20 years, entrenched in the system until I started healing myself. I left my role and now help others to heal themselves too.
    When we become conscious of who we are and what we believe, we find ourselves in the position of being able to change anything that no longer serves us.
    Thank you for your article.

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