Over at Corporate Engagement, Trevor points to an article about the term "thought leader." Trevor notes that it feels straight out of 1984. Yeah, it never really sat well with me either. I remember hearing or reading it for the first time some years ago and thought it was great. But man, it’s overused. It means very little now.
I can fully get behind the idea of folks who think new thoughts about old subjects. That’s great, we need more of ’em, and "thought leader" describes them well. But the term is applied too loosely to be particularly meaningful any more. One of the commenters, either at ragan.com or at Corporate Engagement noted that Drucker didn’t get labeled a thought leader. They figure that if you’re not labeled one, you probably are one.
Haven’t noticed anybody calling me a thought leader lately have you? 🙂