A thought leader is a person that comes to mind when you think about a certain industry. They have a vision that separates them from the pack, often controversial, but always listened to. When we think of electric cars, thought leader Elon Musk immediately comes to mind.
“A thought leader is an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization, resulting in its being the go-to individual or organization for said expertise.”
What is a Thought Leader? Forbes
These thought leaders have Executive Brand recognition through their expertise. Often they are quoted, write books, sought after as keynote speakers at major conferences – further expanding their branding and thought leadership.