What is a “thought leader” you ask? Well, it is a leader of thought. Your thoughts in particular. Of course, “leader” in this instance means “manipulator.” A thought leader is someone who looks just so, talks with perfect precision and inflection, and can deftly deflect your mind to an impression of them with little absorption of their ideas. Because their ideas don’t really matter. Being a thought leader does. Giving the impression of leadership does. And it is all in the style.
Pat Kelly exemplifies it perfectly in this ingenious video.