Anyone can become a thought leader. All it takes is time, patience, and effort towards enhancing the qualities and traits needed to pursue this goal. In the case of Bobby Umar, there were many hurdles in his career path as he jumped from one field to another before he finally became a professional trainer and motivational speaker. After this, he moved on to complete another mission where he built a community of thought leaders and experts in their field and helped business professionals develop their leadership skills.
So, if you too are looking to explore the qualities needed to become a true thought leader, here are his 3 tips on how you can do so:
- Relationship building
To be a leader one needs to build meaningful relationships with others. If not, then how else will people engage you, support you or even follow you? According to Bobby, the one unique quality that flourished his leadership skills was the fact that he was a natural connector. He loves to teach people about how to be meaningful in every moment, and then create authenticity in every interaction. This technique helps Bobby create communities, and be a force of positive change. This is why he advises all those seeking to become an authority leader, to first concentrate on building relationships.
Another amazing quality of Bobby as a leader is that he is a great communicator. Whether he talks about his vision, his stories, his humour, or just tries to share ideas and persuade followers, he makes sure that his message is conveyed properly. This way, those looking up to him not only get clarity in terms of what their leader is saying, but also helps them connect to him. Therefore, proper communication is the key to becoming a strong thought leader.
- Empathy and vulnerability
Bobby strives to embrace both empathy and vulnerability. For this purpose, he uses his story to empathize and connect with the people he is trying to help. This way he is not only able to support and champion others, but is also able to create environments for people to thrive. And as a result, Bobby’s empathy and understanding helps him bridge the understanding between himself and others. This is a key strategy he approaches for those who would create divides.