15 Thought Leaders to Follow on LinkedIn

15 Thought Leaders to Follow on LinkedIn
by Jherell Drain
January 19, 2016

Spice up your LinkedIn feed with some thought-provoking posts from unexpected influencers.

Let’s be honest: you’re never really done improving your LinkedIn profile. Yes, you’ve uploaded your work history, connected with friends and coworkers, and even added a killer headshot to your profile. But it doesn’t stop there.

Whether you’re on the job hunt or happily employed, every woman should regularly tend to her LinkedIn profile and use it often. And once you’re satisfied with your own profile, adding/following helpful connections and leaders in your field should be next on your to-do list.

LinkedIn designates certain top industry professionals as Influencers. They often publish and share helpful content with followers that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re interested in advancing your career, following top women (and men) in your field is a priceless way to gain industry knowledge. Here are a few worth considering:


1. Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group

Maybe you’ve read (and loved) Huffington’s latest book, Thrive. Or, maybe you’re interested in her background in media. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with Huffington’s insights on topics ranging from the need for more sleep to truly enjoying the benefits of time.

2. Ryan Holmes, CEO and Founder of Hootsuite

While we all love social media, Holmes actually lives it. Following him on LinkedIn grants you access to his latest insights on industry trends from the founder of one of the most popular social media management platforms.

3. Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist of Canva

You might remember our feature on personal branding during our Career Kickstar Challenge last month. Considering Kawasaki runs Canva, a platform that allows "anyone to become a designer," he's got some great tips on personal branding everyone can use, regardless of experience. 


4. Gretchen Rubin, Bestselling Author

We’re all on our own unique pursuits of happiness, right? Rubin, author of the bestseller, The Happiness Project, understands that. Better yet, she wants to help us all live happier lives as she argues through her posts regularly.

5. Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder of the Chopra Foundation

Raise your hand if you’re all about health and well-being this year. Or, better yet, follow Chopra to read his thoughts on how to live a happier and healthier life.

6. Tony Robbins, Bestselling Author

Robbins has spent decades encouraging people to transform their lives through self-help books, public speaking events—and now through LinkedIn posts.


7. Alison Doyle, Job Search Expert at About.com

Career advice from a job search expert? It sounds too good to be true. Luckily, it’s not—thanks to Doyle’s ongoing insights and tips.

8. Liz Ryan, CEO and Founder of Human Workplace

Human Workplace CEO and Founder Liz Ryan went from being a Senior Vice President of Human Resources at a Fortune 500 Company to establishing her own company. In other words: Ryan knows a thing or two about the workplace.

9. Jack Welch, Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute

Former General Electric CEO and bestselling author Jack Welch knows business. Maybe some of that business acumen will rub off on us hopeful followers (one can dream, anyway).


10. Beth Kanter, Trainer and Consultant at bethkanter.org

Kanter has spent more than three decades working in the nonprofit sector, gaining firsthand experience and insight along the way. If you’re interested in nonprofit work, add Kanter to your list of “must-follow” thought leaders.

11. Nancy Lublin, CEO and Founder of Crisis Text Line  

Besides her work as former CEO of DoSomething.org, Lublin also established Crisis Text Line, a free text line for people in crisis, in 2013. It’s safe to say: Lublin is doing a lot more than just something.

Preparing to leave a job you hate? Read Lublin’s tips.

12. Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama Group

Since 2008, Janah has worked to provide those in need with employment, proper medical attention, and education as CEO of Sama Group. Nearly a decade later, the group still strives to improve the lives of those in need.

Check Janah’s recommended books on social and environmental justice.


13. James Caan, Entrepreneur and Investor

Caan founded investment group Hamilton Bradshaw in 2004 and has been working in business for three decades, thus racking up tons of business insight along the way.

14. Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest

We all have goals, and whether those include going back to school, retiring early, or building a family, you’ll need some guidance. This is where Krawcheck’s company, Ellevest, comes in.

15. Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media

Former Facebook spokesperson and marketer Randi Zuckerberg currently works with big brands (think Cirque du Soleil and PayPal) while leading her own company, Zuckerberg Media.

Looking for hiring tips? Read Zuckerberg’s thoughts here.

Do you know another thought leader who should be on the list? Let us know in the comments!