Career need a boost? Follow these 10 leaders on LinkedIn


The LinkedIn Influencers program gives users access to the thoughts, ideas, and advice of major industry leaders. If you feel like your career isn’t moving forward, or you just need a little guidance on how to work better, here are 10 professionals you should consider following.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Manager of Social Innovation at Twitter



It’s easy to focus on the big problems we face in our careers (What’s my passion? What am I good at? Am I advancing?). However, Claire focuses on the day-to-day problems that many professionals face. Highlights include emails she refuses to respond to that impede her work-life balance and the importance of telling the truth even when you might disappoint others.


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO



IDEO is known for its creative problem solving and in his column, Tim harnesses creativity to solve tricky career and work problems. Check out his advice for how to break out of a job you hate and why you should talk less and do more.



Gretchen Rubin, Author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home



As the title of her books would suggest, Gretchen’s post are all about finding happiness in life and at work. She accomplishes this by helping you discern what type of worker you are, and how to best optimize your habits. Expect posts from her asking how you handle workloads and how to choose between two difficult options.



J.T. O’Donnell, CEO of


J.T. shares to-the-point career advice that applies to both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Recent posts include advice on how to speak up without getting fired and whether or not it is okay to submit a resume to a company that isn’t hiring.




Nancy Lublin, CEO of



A fun spin on the standard career blog post, Nancy takes lessons we can learn about doing good from pop culture. Follow her for advice on how to supercharge your work habits from Candy Crush or life lessons learned from playing console video games.





Jennifer Dulski, President and COO of



Jennifer takes a fun approach to career advice by digging deep into her past for pearls of wisdom. Two posts of note are advice she learned from her dad about not working with jerks and 5 mentor archetypes to be on the look out for.



Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits



Wondering how giving can help you get ahead and be happier? Definitely follow Perla. Her most recent post deals with how to best help the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Older posts include the surprising science of being happy by spending money.



 Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of 85 Broads



Having a happy career isn’t just about what employees do for themselves; it’s about what employers do, too. Sallie gives advice about questioning the work an organization does in order to be the best it can be. Specific posts include advice of what winning companies get that others don’t and lessons learned from getting fired a second time.



Liz Ryan of Human Workplace



Liz offers career advice from a human resources perspective. Each post receives its own colorful artwork and give practical tips to overcoming common career hurdles. Follow her for advice on how to electrify your career and find your own path.



Aaron Hurst, CEO of Imperative, Author of The Purpose Economy, Founder of Taproot



Aaron is known for his belief in the power of pro bono work to bring about social change. In his LinkedIn column, he talks about how having a social purpose can benefit your career, company, and community, Check out his conversations with leaders on growth through pro bono work and the three stages of an impact career.
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