Here’s some condensed leadership wisdom for you, from Inc’s section of Top 50 Thinkers, compiled by Shawn Murphy.

There are certain central truths of leadership that remain timeless. Yet, conventional wisdom doesn’t always carry forward to modern times. In fact, the way we lead today is constantly changing; we’re constantly learning the best way to move people toward accomplishing a common goal.

To help us navigate the ever-changing leadership landscape, there are leadership innovators that are shedding light on the ancient art of motivating and inspiring people. From advances in social sciences or neurobiology to creative ways to engage and communicate, these thought leaders are shaping how we think about–and view–leadership.

Because I didn’t want this to be a rehash of the same names that everyone lists in their “Top Leader” posts, this list of leadership innovators includes some names that may be familiar to you–and some new ones. I intentionally want to shed light on–and introduce you to–the innovators doing remarkable work, and making a real difference.

Each name links to the innovator’s website. I encourage you to explore their work, and learn why they made this list. I believe it will become evident that each person is doing important work to help us lead in the 21st century.

Top 50 Leadership Thinkers

  • Peter Aceto for leading the way as a social CEO and building a social organizations
  • Shawn Achor for giving richer, deeper meaning to a happy life
  • Kare Anderson for expanding our awareness and know-how in developing rich, meaningful relationships
  • Jurgen Appelo for teaching us about what organizations need to look like in the 21st century
  • Mark Babbitt for teaching us what social leadership is and why it’s essential for personal and business success
  • Max Bazerman for helping leaders learn about the power in noticing the world around them
  • Laszlo Bock for leading a team who uses human behavior and data to create a great workplaces — Google
  • Brene Brown for teaching us how to handle the messiness of vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame
  • Marcus Buckingham for showing leaders how to measure and access results that improve engagement
  • Anese Cavanaugh for teaching us that how we show up as leaders impacts results and relationships
  • Doug Conant for showing us that compassion and thoughtfulness are essential leadership skills today
  • Amy Cuddy for teaching us how human behavior impacts the quality of our interactions and presence
  • Traci Fenton for teaching us how to build more democratic workplaces
  • Mark Fernandes for teaching us how values-based leadership can be personally rewarding and organizationally profitable
  • Ron Friedman for illuminating the way to better understand how to create great workplaces
  • Adam Grant for masterfully teaching us why and how givers make the best leaders.
  • Ariana Huffington for passionately showing us how to thrive in life by redefining what success means.

Read more here…… Today’s Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead