Every person who I have seen proclaim themselves a security thought leader in the media has never published an original thought. It seems a title claimed by sales and marketing people to puff themselves up.
In our insular industry, who determines who the thought leaders are? Trade mags that run the stories of 3 letter types from big name manufacturers? Industry associations? (not coincidentally, largely comprised of those same 3 letter types writing those articles)
I maintain that a lot of the actual thought leaders in our industry toil behind the scenes, lacking access to the 'established' platform with which others might take notice....
Ask an educated end users and a they may define a "security thought leader" as the one who met their business need of securing their people and property, with the most scalable, cost effective solution and services. I simply cannot get away from ethical security integrators, manufacturers or consultants being "thoughtful", thus making a difference in the lives of their customers. Call me pollyanna, but I will sleep well tonight.
Strictly speaking, based on the general accepted definition, you can't be a thought leader and toil behind the scenes :)
That said, and to Charlie's point, if you could somehow track who the 'best' people in the industry are - the people who know the most and deliver that into real customer value - I bet it would be dominated by people from small companies who never get to speak at conferences.
Yes but I push to the limits and sometimes don't know when to stop. Sometimes pushing to the pt of irritation.
When you provoke people to think, think outside the box, you sometime push buttons and they have to deal with them. Not always pleasant, and not always liked, but when you see the reviews & answers you realized the end is justified by the means.
I like to make people go beyond the surface and think of other areas and ideas. I love challenging debates that really bring out the in depth thoughts.