“You are not a faceless cog in the machinery of capitalism…” In fact, according to Seth Godin, you are an “artist who can give good gifts”. Best of all, you don’t need a canvas, a stage, nor a musical instrument to create art.
A linchpin, an indispensable widget that fastens the “organizational wheel” together, requires one to invest emotional labour in one’s job, putting one’s heart, passion and enthusiasm into it. It means going above and beyond the call of duty and giving it all you’ve got, and then some more. If we get more young people to step into that arena… we would indeed have a generation of incredible leaders.
Seth Godin list seven qualities of a linchpin:
- Providing a unique interface between members of the organization.
- Delivering unique creativity
- Managing a situation or organization of great complexity
- Leading customers
- Inspiring staff
- Providing deep domain knowledge
- Possessing a unique talent
On a side note…There’s an interesting dynamic at play here as well. Linchpins are people who, by definition, make themselves indispensable to an organization and therefore should be safe from layoffs, Reductions in Force (RIF) or Served Early Retirement (SERB). Yet…the sad thing is many organizations don’t properly recognize their linchpins and might very well let them go in favor of keeping people who don’t “rock the boat.” But….I ponder if these next generations leaders… in the long run, will honestly be better off as a linchpin? Not sure… what do you think?