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He acted as a business mentor to many young aspiring entrepreneurs.
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フォーブズの動画でThought Leaderが取り上げられていました。そんな目新しい語ではありませんが、オックスフォードやケンブリッジのビジネス英語学習辞典には載っていないんですね。visonaryとかとどう違うのかと自分には分かりません。今回のようなリーダーシップ関連の記事とか、コンサルとか販促資料的なものでしか見かけないのではと思いますが。。。

Thought leader
Thought leader is management terminology for a person or an entity that is recognized by peers for having progressive and innovative ideas. Typically thought leaders have proven themselves in the business, academic or political sphere through successful implementation of their ideas. Thought leaders often publish articles and blog posts on trends and topics influencing an industry or directed internal to an organisation. Through effective communication and clarity of purpose, they effect change and are considered exemplary leaders.

How to Become a Thought Leader
公開日: 2013/03/14
Based on her recent interview with technology influencer Robert Scoble, Forbes contributor Dorie Clark shares four tips for becoming a thought leader in your field.

1. Start with one thing
2. Ride a growing wave
3. Expand your empire
4. Go where the people are


LEADERSHIP | 3/14/2013 @ 2:19午後 |101 views
How to Become the Next Thought Leader


How to Become a Thought Leader in Six Steps
by Dorie Clark | 9:18 AM November 9, 2010

1. Create a Robust Online Presence.
2. Flaunt High-Quality Affiliations.
3. Give Public Speeches.
4. Appear on TV.
5. Win Some Awards.
6. Publish a Book.

Google検索をすると2005年ごろ小泉政権時代の麻生外務大臣がThough Leaderを実践的先駆者と超訳して使っていました。

日本はアジアの実践的先駆者、Thought Leaderたるべし

日本の定義1 アジアの実践的先駆者(ソート・リーダー)である



 耳慣れない言葉が出てきたと思われたとしたら、これは近ごろのビジネス英語にいう「Thought Leader」という言葉の、わたくし流の訳語であるからです。



Asian Strategy As I See It:
Japan as the "Thought Leader" of Asia
Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
December 7, 2005

Defining Japan: Japan as a "Thought Leader"

So here I would like to broach the question of what exactly Japan is within the context of Asia. I will be answering that by defining Japan in three different ways. After that, I'll be looking at some of the key issues that I consider to be among the most important ones that Japan is facing in Asian diplomacy right now.

First and foremost, Japan is, for the countries of Asia, a "thought leader," and, indeed, it must be one.

You might not have heard the expression "thought leader" in Japanese before, but recently it is being used in business English, and I personally translate it into Japanese by saying, "trailblazers through hands-on practice."

The idea of a "thought leader" comes from American business, and I may not have the true definition in the strictest sense of the word, but as I perceive it, a thought leader is one who through fate is forced to face up against some sort of very difficult issue earlier than others. And because the issue is so challenging, it is difficult to solve. But as the person struggles to somehow resolve the issue, he/she becomes something for others to emulate. That is a "thought leader."

Moving forward not only through successes, but also through failures, and not embarrassed to fail-this is why I translate it into, "trailblazers through hands-on practice" in Japanese. And to expose one's failings? Well, that takes a lot of courage. While I believe that Japan does in fact have the ability to have its wrong turns exposed, but of course as I talk about this I want to tell you not just stories of failures but also some of truly impressive skill in problem resolution.

個人的には「実践的先駆者」は訳し過ぎな感じもしますが。。。革新的な考えで世界を変えていくリーダーたちのことを指すのでしょう。少し古いものですがNEWSWEEKが新しいThought Leaderとして10人を選んでいました。

1 Steve Jobs
2 Jon Stewart
3 The Google Guys
4 Karl Rove and David Plouffe
5 The Twitter Guys
6 Michael Pollan
7 Malcolm Gladwell
8 Nick Denton and Arianna Huffington
9 David Chase
10 Hillary Clinton