I was inspired by Corinne Weisgerber’s (2011) presentation, Building Thought Leadership in an age of Curation and compelled to learn more about how the process of becoming a thought leader has evolved as we become increasingly connected through the power of technology and social media. Tom Whitby (2013) extended the concept to embrace the idea of educators as thought leaders. He envisions educators as thought leaders as they reach out through social media to share experiences, ideas and personal reflections for other educators to examine and reflect on in return. The critical aspect of this type of communication is that “The ideas of individuals are the focus of the collaboration, and not the titles or credentials of the contributors” (Whitby, 2013, para. 3). In reflecting on the ideas they encounter educators can examine and perhaps transform their own perspectives. In so doing they enter the ranks of lifelong learners, “exactly what we want for our students to be” (Whitby, 201430, para. 5).
Weisgerger, C. (2011). Building Thought Leadership in an age of Curation. SlideShare. November 16, 2011. http://bit.ly/1Kmfx0o
Whitby, T. (2014). What’s An Education Thought Leader? My Island View. June 10, 2013. http://bit.ly/1MdzNCM