You’re a leader. Of your team at work—maybe even the leader of a whole branch, division, or your own company. Or, perhaps you haven’t actually led others in the directorial sense yet, but you have a presence in certain communities that people respect. Your next step: thought leadership. Transitioning from leader to thought leader is both internal and external. You must change yourself to become an effective learner, communicator, and change-maker. At the same time, you must cultivate and educate a community and the world using your unique expertise. Becoming a public figure of influence is no simple task, so this book will give you the tools, strategies, resources, and advice you need to do it.
Denise Brosseau founded her first company at 26 years old. She spent her early career in the technology industry before co-founding two organizations dedicated to advancing women entrepreneurs. The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now Watermark) and Springboard Enterprises have since yielded more than $8 billion in funding for women-led startups. Brosseau’s consultancy, Thought Leadership Lab, features executives from Apple and numerous startup CEOs in its clientele. She is also a lecturer at Stanford Business School and a frequent keynote speaker. Denise has appeared on NPR and in The Wall Street Journal, and she was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2012.