Episode 176-“How to be a Thought Leader”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Denise Brosseau

Thought Leadership Lab :: http://www.thoughtleadershiplab.com 


According to our guest, Denise Brosseau, being a thought leader is essentially…

Amplify Your Impact, Multiply Your Influence and Leave a Legacy That Matters                 

Denise Brosseau is a thought leadership strategist, speaker, business advisor, executive coach and author. Her book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader? was published by Wiley (Jossey-Bass) in January, 2014. Harvard Business Review called it “a likable, practical book for seasoned executives who have achieved financial success but now want greater influence.”

Denise is the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, a boutique professional services firm which specializes in building leaders into thought leaders — increasing their ‘discoverability,’ amplifying their social influence and catalyzing strategic connections that lead to a seat at the table for the conversations that matter. Thought Leadership Lab provides thought leadership consulting to executives and teams, leadership development programs for women leaders, executive coaching and large meeting facilitation.

What is a Thought Leader?

Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success. They create a dedicated group of friends, fans and followers to help them replicate and scale those ideas into sustainable change not just in one company but in an industry, niche or across an entire ecosystem.

The thought leaders I admire are the ones like Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, Nina Nashif, founder of Healthbox and Ron Finley, the co-founder of the charity L.A. Green Grounds who styles himself as the ‘Gangsta Gardener’ in order to encourage Angelenos to cultivate vegetable and fruit gardens in vacant lots in deprived neighborhoods.

They are changing the world in meaningful ways and engage others to join their efforts. They create evolutionary and even revolutionary advancements in their fields not just by urging others to be open to new ways of thinking, but when they create a blueprint for people to follow – they provide a method, process, guidelines or a set of best practices. Thought leaders who codify the steps necessary to follow in their footsteps assure that others will align with and build on their success. This guarantees that they are not confined to making small tweaks around the edges, but instead create a foundation for others to build on or a movement for others to join.

Word of the Week:


with Anu Garg





verb intr.: To make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing body parts together.


From Latin stridere (to make a harsh sound). Earliest documented use: 1838.


“Scientists recently discovered that in some ant species, the queen is a consummate percussionist, equipped with a tiny, uniquely ridged organ for stridulating out royal fanfares that help keep her workers in line.”
Natalie Angier; Surviving by Disguising; The New York Times; Sep 7, 2010.



Immigration is so common were forget the essence: Leaving home forever. What is it like to leave what you know, and never return?


Tortured Sentences:

The answer lies with different opinions and arguments that generate controversial views to this issue that are valid.

Shout outs:

Catharine will be in Paris next week. She is not sorry.



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