LinkedIn’s professional network is continuing to grow and grow, recently hitting 575 million users. New users often struggle to find industry leaders and inspirational speakers to follow, settling on the obvious big names, like Bill Gates and Richard Branson. While they offer fantastic and insightful content, LinkedIn’s platform holds hundreds more insightful and valuable figures offering nuggets of wisdom and business guidance. While we couldn’t possibly list them all, we whittled our list down to 6 of our favourite LinkedIn profiles. We’ve given you a variety of personalities, to ensure that all can find a new profile to follow and engage with. Lets get started!
John Amaechi is a must follow for 2020. His insightful posts reflect his colourful career path. Beginning as a basketball player, he went on to be a Sports Commentator, TV game show Judge, Consultancy Founder, Psychologist, and Author. He shares enlightening posts pushing for changes in workplace ethics, questioning autocratic leadership and promoting diversity. He explores what it means to be a mentor and a leader, with his series #jedireflections. He also engages in debates within the sporting world.
As well as this, Amaechi’s experience tackling adversity throughout his life makes him an inspirational individual to follow. Being the first NBA player to come out, Ameachi is a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, particularly in the workplace, and his LinkedIn reflects this. He shares insightful information for all, on how to be inclusive in the workplace, tying also into his experience of being black in the UK business world.
Brené Brown’s linkedin profile has all the inspiration you need to become a better leader, and a better person in general. An American professor and Author, Brown has taken the academic and business world by storm with her work on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Her TED talk, ‘The Power of Vulnerability,’ is one of the most watched TED talks on LinkedIn. She offers nuggets of wisdom on her profile, on how to tackle feelings of vulnerability and fear, in life and in the workplace, can be embraced to make you a better leader. Her hashtag #daretolead is popular. Her page is perfect for any who are feeling a lack of confidence in their current position. She demonstrates the importance of openly accepting these feelings, and the impact this acceptance has on our lives. In addition, her book ‘Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead,’ is a must read.
James Altucher is a Hedge-Fund Manager, Author, founder or cofounder of over 20 companies. It’s safe to say that he has a fair share of knowledge about how to win in the business world. Altucher has a similar ethos to Brené Brown; the idea of embracing your limitations in order to progress. However, the difference between them is that James Altucher often uses his own life as a case study. His tongue in cheek, comedic advice is tailored for those of you who hold the oxymoronic personality traits of self-deprecating and ambitious. His post “10 Steps to Avoid Giving Up” was hugely popular, and very helpful for anyone who struggles with motivation.
Sallie Krawcheck’s LinkedIn is the go-to for women in business. Five years ago she founded Ellevest, a digital investment platform made by women, for women. Her aim was to close the gender pay gap by giving more money to women, simply.
Her advice on LinkedIn is practical and straightforward, cutting against a lot of the over-emphatic, cheesy life coach posts that frequent linkedin feeds. An example of this is her popular “Why you should NOT leave your job to become an entrepreneur” post. She speaks about the realities of entrepreneurship, and the challenges that come with it.
Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. Her company One Million by One Million “aims to help a million entrepreneurs reach a million dollars in annual revenue, thereby creating a trillion dollars in global GDP and ten million jobs.” She is the one to follow if you’re a technology entrepreneur, as she gives great advice on how to be successful when you’re starting out. She discusses bootstrapping, sourcing funding, product positioning, and more.
Ryan is the chairman and founder of Hootsuite, the go-to automation tool that schedules social media posts. Hootsuite has stormed the market, with many major brands using it, including Nokia, UNESCO, and The British Museum. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Holmes’ LinkedIn has many nuggets of wisdom. His modest background combined with his impressive success in the business world makes for useful advice for many young people unable to access the resources that many others do. He explains that ‘it’s still a common belief that to be successful in business, you need an elite, expensive education … I wanted to let people know that sure, that path can work, but there also isn’t just one route to success in business.’ His LinkedIn demonstrates that a prosperous career in business is possible for anyone, a rhetoric that can be difficult to come by on LinkedIn.