Andrew NeelWhether or not they are actually outsiders doesn't matter – people who feel like social outcasts are more inclined to become independent thinkers and innovators in their fields. Their desire to be accepted not only fuels their awareness of how people think and what they respond to, it also creates drive. Here, the process of how those who often feel like they are on the outside try to earn their way to the inside by defying social norms – and becoming bona fide leaders in the process. Thought leaders have a highly specific skill set and traits that naturally set them apart from others. Whether the social isolation is real or perceived doesn't matter, this feeling of being "other" is, unfortunately, often essential to how they develop their minds.
Source: Forbes February 14, 2018 18:11 UTC