7 LinkedIn Influencers You Should Be Following

Whether you’re a successful CEO, a startup founder or a job-seeking executive looking for new opportunities, a LinkedIn account is a must-have if you want to be discovered and have the credibility. LinkedIn is a platform where co-workers, employers, clients, vendors and partners can endorse your skills and review their experience working with you.

There are also a lot of influencers on LinkedIn that regularly publish articles or provide valuable insight into various topics. The influencers you follow also give an indication to others about how much you may know about the industry that you’re currently in. Here are seven influencers that have caught our eye. You’ll definitely learn a thing or two from them and use that knowledge to improve your skills.

Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of the Human Workplace

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan

If you want some tips on how to market yourself out there, Liz Ryan is the person that you need to follow. She is one of the  top key opinion leaders when it comes to human resources with her extensive experience working with world renowned companies like Yahoo and Bloomberg.

If you follow her, you’ll be able to find useful articles written by Ryan herself. Her articles are mainly about answers to people’s questions about ongoing issues in the human resource field. Here is an example where she helps someone with a dilemma on whether to prioritise ethics or her position in the company. There’s something for every professional regardless of whether you’re entry level or in top management. So there’s a high chance that a challenge that you are experiencing at your workplace has been covered by her.

John Battelle, CEO of Newco

Are you curious about various business industries and their emerging trends? John Battelle is the one you’ll want to follow. His passion lies with analysing various sectors to predict potential development and innovation in businesses.

John Battelle

John Battelle


If you’re in a managerial position, you should have good general knowledge about ongoing trends regardless of the industries. It is possible for different industries to collide or somehow being ‘interconnected’. So, his research and advice can help you take better management decisions since you may already know the ins and outs of different industries, even outside of your own. In one of his LinkedIn articles, Battelle takes a look back into his predictions for 2016 and how accurate they were. Sometimes he even takes a deeper look at the strategies of major companies like Microsoft and Starbucks to see what lessons one can learn from it. 

Sujan Patel, Growth & Content Marketer and Co-founder of WebProfits

Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel is an entrepreneur, a data-driven marketer and a creative thinker. In fact, it’s hard to dive into the world of marketing without ever stumbling across his name.

When it comes to content marketing, Patel is a perfect choice for one of the must-follow influencers. His knowledge of marketing is vast and he often shares his thoughts via LinkedIn and his own blog. He makes you ponder on questions like “Does your company have more cost than income?”, “Are you a content marketer but you just can’t think of new ideas to write about in your blog?” Allow Patel to come to the rescue.

James Caan, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor in People with Passion

James Caan, CEO of the Recruitment Guide, is an expert in guiding companies and mentoring other CEOs. He’s one of the few users selected to wear the official LinkedIn influencer title and has about 2.7 million followers listening to what he has to say.

James Caan

James Caan


There are more than 40 companies within his portfolio, and he’s even partner to companies across different industries like Voyage Global Energy, and more. As a CEO himself, he openly discusses the problems that many CEOs may be experiencing. Caan’s articles are well thought out, and he loves to be an advisor to others in the recruitment field in particular. If you ever encounter any obstacles in your recruitment process, you should definitely start following him on LinkedIn.

Hongkiat Lim, Entrepreneur

As an energetic and (lovingly) geeky, Tech and Design entrepreneur from our very own capital, Kuala Lumpur, Lim started his own design-focused web blog when he realised that his old job wasn’t satisfying his needs anymore. By purely focusing on his blog, he has produced articles that have been read by and helped millions of others.

Hong Kiat Lim

Hong Kiat Lim has a very broad assortment of content to offer. From inspirational articles as about nice environmental places to see to slightly more in-depth and tech savvy articles that teach you how to customize and manage the Windows Context Menu.

If you are into tech, design or just like to read in about the latest updates of popular platforms and apps like Facebook, Twitter, Slack or WordPress, his blog is definitely worth the follow.

Jacky Tan, Principal Brand Strategist, Professional Writer, and Speaker  

Jacky Tan

Jacky Tan

A “true marketing strategist” is how we like to define Jacky Tan. He is currently one of Singapore’s most frequently shared writer with a lot of knowledge about marketing and social media promotion in particular.

You will find him posting regularly on his blog and LinkedIn about his experiences with social media. We particularly enjoy how he approaches his often serious topics in funny and amusing ways too. Planning a promotional campaign on social media for your business? Check out his article about Instagram marketing. His expertise will surely be of great use for every marketer.


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD at Biocon Limited

As the head of the India’s leading biotech enterprise: Biocon,

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran has paved her way to the top.

Mazumdar-Shaw is a highly recognised figure in the the biopharmaceutical industry and is among Forbes’ Top 100 Most Influential Men and Women. 

Mazumdar-Shaw writes extensively about practical problems in India and how she thinks that it can be solved differently and better. Her analytical posts talk about the constant strive for innovation and not being afraid to make changes and adapt; both as a country or a company. Following Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw will definitely give you a more pro-active attitude and will make you strive for change.

There are many more influencers out there all across different industries that can give you the outlook you just might need. If you want to know more about other business influencers, check out this list from Lifehack.

Do you have any good influencers that you regularly follow? Drop a comment and let us know! Don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn as well!


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