Questions on thought leadership, pricing, knowledge management & future challenges for lawyers were put to fellows of the College of Law Practice Management for the COLPM Futures Conference in Chicago recently and published in a special issue of InsideLegal’s Thought Leaders Digest last week – below are the questions & my responses:
Q1 – Thought leadership is the core theme of our Digest, but the term “thought leader” is often misused and/or overused. In your opinion, what makes someone a thought leader? [Provided by JoAnna Forshee, InsideLegal]
- I think a thought leader (TL) is someone whose stature or the respect with which they are held is such that they are regarded as an authority, pathfinder or even futurist.
- The most important thing about whether one is or is not a TL is that it is determined by what others think not what one thinks oneself. The key is “have they led your thoughts?” If so they will be regarded as a TL.