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How to Write a Thought Leadership Book

Writing a thought leadership book can be a challenging, but rewarding endeavor. Here are some steps you can take to write a successful thought leadership book:

  1. Define your niche: Identify the specific area of expertise in which you want to establish yourself as a thought leader. This could be a particular industry, a business problem, or a specific market.
  2. Research your topic: Gather information on your chosen area of expertise. This may include reading books, articles, and studies on the topic, interviewing experts, and conducting surveys or focus groups.
  3. Outline your book: Create an outline for your book that includes the main topics you want to cover, and the key points you want to make. This will help you stay organized and ensure that your book has a logical flow.
  4. Write the book: Begin writing your book, following your outline. Be sure to use clear and concise language, and support your points with data, examples, and other evidence.
  5. Get feedback: Show your draft to others and ask for feedback. This will help you identify any areas that need improvement, and give you a better sense of what readers will think of your book.
  6. Revise and Edit: based on the feedback you receive, revise your manuscript and make any necessary changes. This is important step as it could make the difference between an average and an outstanding book.
  7. Build your platform: Build your author platform before you publish. This includes creating a website, social media accounts, and newsletter that are dedicated to your book.
  8. Consider your publishing options: Decide whether you want to self-publish or go the traditional route. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and each will require different amount of effort and investment.

Remember that writing a thought leadership book is not just a one-time endeavor, but a continued effort to establish yourself as an expert and build a following. You'll also be able to keep your readers informed about new developments in your field, and create opportunities for new engagements.



Michael Stickler is a best-selling author and internationally sought-after speaker. His highly acclaimed work includes Cliven Bundy: American Terrorist Patriot, Journey to Generosity, and Life Without Reservation. His 19th book, Ghost Patriot is his first book in the political fiction genre, and it is quickly approaching best-seller status. When not traveling the world as an author/speaker, you might find Michael in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, or on a beach near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, writing his next book. You can find out more about Michael at

You may also contact Michael at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.


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