The Oxford English Dictionary describes a thought leader as “one whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential.” So, for example, Sigmund Freud can be considered a thought leader in the field of Psychology. Or Malcolm Gladwell can be considered a thought leader in the field of contemporary critical theory.
Thought leadership can be seen in every field. These are people that everyone has heard of at some point or the other. Even if you don’t watch movies too often, you might have heard of Martin Scorsese. Even if you don’t believe in mind-body healing, chances are you’ve heard of Deepak Chopra. And even if you aren’t in a relationship, you’ve probably heard of the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray.