Certified Thought Leader (CTL)
Professional CTL Certification Program
Get certified as a Thought Leader – not just a description, but a skilled and proven professional who has demonstrated the ability to examine the past, recognize and analyze the present, while imagining and illuminating the future.
What is CTL and why is it important?
Being perceived as a thought leader will be positive for your career. Your opinions and thoughts matter, and they can help move others to change points of view or to act, as a result of your thought leadership.
It is tough to commit to never-ending improvement, but that’s what the exceptional ones do.
A thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization, resulting in being the go-to individual or organization for that expertise.
Thought Leadership status is achieved by expertise, insight, and a valuable perspective that is formed over time. Thought Leadership requires dedication and hard work. Thought leaders assist the organization as it navigates necessary change.
Who is a thought leader?
A person who has the curiosity to learn with a commitment to add to and hone their knowledge in a particular field—and then be willing to share that knowledge freely. Thought Leaders focus on the why before they focus on the how. They ask questions such as “Why are we doing this in the first place?” “Why does it matter?” Thought Leaders are perceived as knowledgeable sources of insight in a chosen field or subject matter area— they are experts.
Simply put, a thought leader is someone other people listen to about a certain subject. They are humble learners and relentless thinkers who think deeply about items of importance that can change the world.
What does it take to be a Thought Leader?
It is a truism that thought leaders tend to be the most successful individuals. Expertise in a particular niche sets you apart from the ordinary. Your ongoing involvement in (or awareness of) that niche with a clearly identified point of view helps you build credibility over time as one who captures the power of their mind and employs thinking skills and tools to both lead and manage. This gives you a supportive following. Thought Leadership status is achieved by expertise, insight, and a valuable perspective that is formed over time.
Be a trailblazer. You do not invest in your current self – you invest in your future self – make your investment decisions now for the self you want to grow into. Grow to, not go to. Achievement is what you grow into, plant the seeds, reap the law of the harvest. For things to change (improve or get better), you must change. You are worth it and will have a better future. Thought Leadership requires dedication and hard work.