I am so used to using the term that I threw it out in casual conversation at a wedding last week. Nearly the entire table stared at me dead eyed as a result. Turns out, they thought I meant mind control, like we were in Star Wars or something.
It made me laugh because one of the biggest things we coach our clients on is avoiding jargon, which is the use of special terms, sayings or phrases only a small group readily understands. I jargoned them! At a wedding! Shame on me.
But, the whole encounter did inspire this post, meant to define and demystify this term for one and all.
Thought leadership happens to be the term that we in the marketing communications industry use to describe all opportunities – be them through media relations efforts, content marketing platforms, digital communications outlets, or on other – for the experts within a brand or business to showcase their particular knowledge on a topic, industry, trend or public issue to their target audiences.
Some examples of thought leadership:
Neither Yoda nor The Force need be used for any of these. Just a great public relations agency (like us).