In an era where consumers are looking for transparency, authenticity and engagement, the importance of a strong social media presence for business leaders cannot be understated.

A recent study by Edelman reveals that a whopping 82% of people are more likely to trust a company when their senior executives are active on social media.

But how can organizations tap into leveraging their leadership’s brands, especially when their top executives are either too busy or hesitant to dive into social media?

In the digital age, where our online presence is often as important as our real-life one, personal branding has become crucial. Especially on platforms like LinkedIn, which has transformed from a simple job-seeking tool to a robust networking, learning and business development platform. But how can you leverage this platform for personal branding growth? Let’s explore.

In the legal profession, junior partners and associates are in a pivotal stage. They are not only mastering the nuances of the law but also trying to carve out a distinct professional niche. In an industry where reputation and relationships are crucial, it’s essential to establish a strong professional brand and network. To navigate this challenge and lay a solid foundation for your career, consider the following strategies.

Attending a conference is much more than just absorbing presentations and grabbing business cards. If harnessed properly, conferences provide an unparalleled opportunity to establish yourself as a thought leader. And no, you don’t necessarily need to be on stage delivering a presentation to achieve this. Here is a roadmap to transform your presence at conferences into a powerful branding tool.

Instead of passively waiting for opportunities to come to us, it’s essential to adopt a proactive mindset. By identifying gaps, seeking out new challenges and continually updating our skills, we can position ourselves in places where opportunities are more likely to arise. Remember, the best way to predict the future is to create it.

It’s time to be proactive and create our own opportunities. Here’s how.

Terri Pepper is the CEO of TerraLex, a prestigious global network of law firms. Before her role at TerraLex, she held various positions in the legal industry, from strategy and marketing consultant to the head of operations for a national law firm. Learn more about her in this women who wow profile.