3 Types of Thought Leaders (Which One Are You?)

By Alexis Rodrigo | Entrepreneurship

Feb 24
Types of Thought Leaders

If you're making an income from your knowledge and expertise, you may have realized that you need to establish yourself as a thought leader.

This can be a hard pill to swallow.

"I'm too young."

"I don't have enough experience."

"I'm not making a big-enough income."

You always have excuses for why you don't deserve to be called a "thought leader."

What's a Thought Leader Anyway?

Lisa Phelps Dawes, Executive Storyteller, Writer, and Brand Strategist, says:

What is a thought leader - Lisa Phelps Dawes

This means a thought leader isn't just the one who has many years of experience, is known in their field, and frequently speaks on the stage.

That's only one kind of a thought leader called the maven, and there are two other types, according to Dawes: the bootstrapper and the maverick.

No matter what your age, level of experience, or expertise, you can be a recognized thought leader.

In this brief slide deck, Dawes describes: 

  • the 3 types of thought leaders
  • the 4 tools you need to establish thought leadership
  • a nifty shortcut to get recognized as a thought leader

Quick Guide: What Kind of Thought Leader Are You? [Slide Deck]

"A thought leader is defined not only by the ability to think daring thoughts, but by the ability to galvanize others to dare." - Lisa Phelps Dawes

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Your Next Step

Identify your type of thought leadership. Are you a bootstrapper, maverick, or maven?

And if you were to do the shortcut with a project, which project would you embark in?


About the Author

Lexi Rodrigo is passionate about creating web content that helps extraordinary businesses to attract more prospects, create community, and make more sales.