What’s It Take to Be a Great Thought Leader – #HITsm Summary

Posted on January 26, 2017 I Written By

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At last Friday’s #HITsm Chat, we had a lively discussion hosted by Juliana Ruiz from Bryte Box Consulting (@BryteBox) where we talked about Healthcare IT Influencers and Thought Leaders. If you missed the chat, you can read the whole transcript here.

I thought the first question summarized the chat really well as it talked about the key attributes of a thought leader.

Greg Meyer started the chat off nicely with this observation:


Greg was spot on with his comparison to a minion. We want to listen to someone who says something interesting and thoughtful and not just someone who spits out content like a robot.

His comment about thought leaders not being afraid to make mistakes drew some interesting discussion with some agreeing that mistakes are part of thought leadership, but others saying that social media and other things hold it against many leaders who make mistakes. Although, most agreed that mistakes were ok because it was part of growth.

I did argue that it really depends how the thought leader treats mistakes. Humility matters a lot when you make mistakes:

The concept of humility seemed to be an important concept for thought leaders as was illustrated by these tweets from Greg and @hospitalEHR:

Steve Sisko and @WHAMGlobal also chimed in on the importance of thought leaders to be consistent and have a clear voice and style.

Our host wrapped up the discussion of what makes a great thought leader with this insight:

I love these principles, because they apply to individuals and organizations. They apply online and offline. They apply in your work life and your personal life. There are so many opportunities for us to be thought leaders. By doing so we can impact a lot of people for good and help a lot of people. There’s nothing better in life than doing something that helps someone else.

Be sure to join us at next week’s #HITsm chat hosted by Bill Esslinger (@billesslinger) from @FogoDataCenters on the topic of “Key Components of Health IT Strategy and Disaster Recovery“.