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We live in a knowledge economy. Social media has given people an easy way to market their businesses, build their personal brands, and share their expertise with others. 

In this current economy, content is king. The word of Human Resources is no exception. 

Researchers on the frontier of organizational and management science use social media platforms to share their research and findings. HR and people leaders of some of the most prominent organizations are also using these platforms to voice their opinions.

That said, at Applauz, we like to surround ourselves with the most important people and voices in the people management industry. We’ve handpicked some of our top people to follow in the industry, each boasting expertise in a specific area of research or specialization. The goal is to help HR professionals and managers learn something new and get inspired.

We hope you enjoy this list and learn something from each follow!

9 Thought Leaders Who Will Inspire Your HR and Management Strategies

Adam Grant

Adam Grant is at the top of the list, as he is by far one of the most popular, with over 4 million followers. 

Grant is an organizational psychologist, professor at Wharton University, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Grant has established himself as an authority in the psychology of management, motivation and meaning. He has also been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s ten most influential management thinkers. Grant is also a TED speaker and host of a TED podcast called Worklife. You can also subscribe to his newsletter, where he shares essential industry insights every month.  

What you can expect: Grant is a great follow for any leader, HR professional, or manager. He consistently puts out fresh new content and ideas daily. He offers tips and ideas to help leaders and management professionals create motivating and happy workplaces for their people. And because Grant is an academic, he frequently shares more rigorous and up-to-date psychological studies on important areas of management research like employee well-being and remote work. 

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Alexis Zahner

A company's success depends on its managers. As the director of Management Mindfulness, Alexis Zahber believes that mindfulness can build empathetic leadership and, therefore, drive higher-performing teams. As a mindfulness expert, she provides companies with mindfulness, self-awareness and empathy programs to develop their managers, leading to happier and healthier workplaces.

What you can expect: Alexis Zahner is very active on Linkedin and frequently posts about leadership, mindfulness, burnout, and other critical management-related ideas. Her ideas are often presented in a fun, easy-to-read infographic. Zahner is a great follow for any management or HR professionals who wish to understand how mindfulness can make you a more effective and impactful leader. 

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Paul White

Dr. Paul White is an organizational psychologist and one of the leading experts in appreciation and recognition in the workplace. As such, his research is often featured in Applauz's blog. We even wrote a summary of his two most popular books The Vibrant Workplace and The 5 Languages of Appreciation. White's research helps HR leaders and managers understand why many recognition programs fail to meet their full potential. And most importantly, what employees truly need from their employers to feel valued and appreciated.

What you can expect: Much of White's writing is focused on the topics of building strong workplace cultures and the psychology of appreciation at work. It is a great resource for HR professionals who are interested in introducing recognition or appreciation programs in their organizations. He regularly publishes new articles from his blog Appreciation at Work where he shares his fascinating research findings.

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Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss is a journalist and expert on workplace burnout. She is the author of two books, Unlocking Happiness at Work and The Burnout Epidemic. You may recognize her name from an article she published in Harvard Business Review titled Beyond Burned Out. It is an honest and thought-provoking article. It describes the burnout epidemic, explains the underlying causes, and suggests strategies employers can use to support their employees. 

What you can expect: Jennifer Moss is a great person to follow if you’re interested in staying up to date on the latest ideas and research related to workplace wellness, burnout, and stress. Her ideas and tips will help managers and HR professionals develop their knowledge and strategies to combat stress and burnout. You can also sign up for her newsletter on her website, where she shares research and insights to help organizations and individuals support well-being and healthier and happier workplaces.

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Scott Dust

Scott Dust is a Professor of Management at Miami University. His area of specialization and research is on leadership, leader-follower relationships, power, and influence. He helps organizations by providing scientific insights, helping them to build more effective work environments. His writings and ideas have been featured in publications including Fast Company and Psychology Today. Our most recent blog post, which explores the topic of employee happiness, discusses one of his popular articles: This is the new battleground in the fight to retain employees.

What you can expect: Scott Dust is a great person to follow if you’re interested in organizational psychology research related to leadership, management and group dynamics.  On his website, you can sign up for his newsletter Resources for Human Capital Enthusiasts, which focuses on providing evidence-based insights and timely perspectives on trends in human capital management. 

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Omar L. Harris

Omar L. Harris is a bestselling author and the founder of Intent Consulting. His most recent book is titled Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss: Leadership in the Era of Corporate Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. His main area of expertise is in leadership development and diversity and inclusion. He helps organizations with leadership development and coaching services to help them unlock the full potential of their teams. 

What you can expect: Harris is very active on both Linkedin and Twitter, consistently publishing fresh and insightful content that explores his area of expertise. He is a great person to follow for leaders or management professionals looking to maximize their coaching and leadership potential. 

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Paul Millerd

Even though Paul Millerd's Linkedin title states "not an influencer," we can't help but feel influenced by his writing and ideas. Millerd is a strategy coach, consultant, and writer. He is fascinated by work and organizations. His blog "Boundless" is full of thought-provoking, honest ideas about the topics. If you want to dive deeper to understand the "why" of so many of our modern work problems like anxiety, stress, burnout, Millerd's blog is a great place to start.

What you can expect: Millerd is a great person to follow for anyone interested in exploring the future of work and organizational culture. Also, for anyone who wants to read about these ideas from a fresh, unique perspective. He is active on both Linkedin and Twitter, sharing his writing and ideas as well as other people's research and insights. 

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Jen Fisher

Jen Fisher is the Chief Well-Being Officer at Deloitte. She is also the work-life integration editor-at-large for Thrive Global and a host of a podcast called Workwell. She also co-authored the book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines. Fisher is, of course, an advocate for employee wellness and mental health and is the main topic of discussion on her Linkedin page.

What you can expect: On her Linkedin page, she regularly shares interesting articles related to HR and the people management field. Her ideas and fresh perspectives will help any manager or HR professional looking to increase their knowledge about employee well-being and happiness in the workplace.

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AJ Adams

AJ Adams is a speaker, trainer, and CEO of Brio Training & Consulting, which specializes in workplace wellness, resilience, and Burnout prevention. We often reference her article on our Applauz Blog when discussing the topic of wellness and burnout: Expecting Employees to Fix Themselves Won't Fix Burnout, in which she contributes to Psychology Today. 

What you can expect: A contributor and authority on burnout at work and employee well-being, AJ Adams is an expert in workplace well-being. On Linkedin and Twitter, she shares articles about workplace stress, psychological safety and other related topics. Adams is a great source of tips and practical steps your business can take to better employee engagement and well-being.

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Michelle Cadieux
Michelle Cadieux

Michelle is the lead content writer at Applauz. She has a Psychology background and loves to read and write about human happiness, motivation and decision-making. She loves scary movies and cooking classic Italian food.

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