Recently I felt inspired to begin making lists on Twitter. The two I started with are representative of a baby step in my larger plan for more effectively monitoring the conversations in my twitter universe. There are a couple of people who I consider to be virtual mentors. Those people were shoe-ins for my "Thought Leader" list. They are people who continually challenge me to think outside of my box and not accept what's presented to me without additional thought & justification.
"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." - Abraham Lincoln
Time is a precious commodity & although I adore Twitter it can be a real time-waster when you have a specific purpose in mind and little time to find inspiration.
While the proper definition is just someone who has innovative ideas, I think of so much more when those words come to mind. My ideal Thought Leader must have a large percentage of these qualities:
- Brash or "full of fresh raw vitality"
- Cutting Edge or "at the forefront"
- Willing to share their ideas without feeling threatened
- Dares to experiment
- Be published or we on the way to becoming such
- Able to openly digest & debate divergent thinking or theories
I'm curious what comes to mind when you think of someone who you'd label a Thought Leader? If any of you mentor others on a regular basis, what qualities do you possess that make you an effective mentor? What are you looking for Thought Leaders & mentors to bring to the virtual table?