You never hear a successful person on their deathbed say, “I wish I’d spent more time in the office and less time with my children.” That’s because they’re unconscious and on life support.
Apparently, someone has been telling business executives they need to become a “thought leader” by posting a “thought leadership” essay on their LinkedIn account.
They apparently are confused by the challenge, thinking they are supposed to write about leadership. Being leaders, they assign the essay to a summer intern, as, well, summer interns are experts on social media, right? And therefore, they know about LinkedIn, right? So who else should write an essay about thought leadership?
Or, at least, I hope that’s the reason every essay about leadership on LinkedIn sounds this bad:
Thoughts on thought leadership
According to the Oxford Dictionary, leadership means jumping in at the front of the line right before it starts moving. Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Mark Twain and Richard Branson all said something about leadership. Especially, Richard Branson.
Perhaps one of them said one of these. If not, they should have.:
It’s not the journey, it’s the destination.
It’s not the money, it’s the stuff money buys.
Always be agile, bold and people-focused.
And get a mentor.
Be like Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. But for some reason no one has quite figured out yet, especially be like Richard Branson.
And don’t forget: You’ve never heard a successful person on their deathbed say, “I wish I’d spent more time in the office and less time with my children.” That’s because they’re unconscious and on life support. And, come to think of it, how many successful people have ever invited you over to hang out with them while they’re on their deathbeds?