Thought leadership is one of the most used and abused terms in Washington. Despite this, it is also arguably more important now than ever to impact the rules of tomorrow by shaping the ideas of today. To add some structure to an idea and process that is nebulous at best, HPS looked at how individuals and firms can understand and approach thought leadership from a more concrete and actionable perspective.

The key takeaways of this paper are:

  • Thought leadership is an important component of public policy strategy.
  • Thought leaders can add value to a policy debate through issue expertise, innovation, explanation, and decision making.
  • Establishing thought leadership requires time, discipline, and a range of tools to make it effective and sustainable.

Thought Leadership Defined by Hamilton Place Strategies