We Need More Leaders to Become Linchpins

Monday, December 12, 2011

The latest buzz word in the blogosphere is "Linchpin". It's an old word that has been coined by the business guru, Seth Godin, to refer to movers and shakers. If you haven't heard of Seth or read his blog, I highly recommend you check it out. It is one of the best blogs out there on leadership. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/
The definition of a linchpin is "a locking pin inserted in the end of a shaft, as in an axle, to prevent a wheel from slipping off; a central cohesive element."

The Internet is both wonderful and disturbing at the same time. Yes, there is a vast dark side that is on the verge of making the "wheel" fly off the axle in our modern culture. As society barrels down the road, the world is headed for a major crash. But, there is the other side of the Internet, one that I believe is much bigger than the dark side. This is the linchpin holding the wheel in place and steering culture away from catastrophe. That's where you and I come in. We can watch silently as the wheel comes off, or we can become linchpins in our world and help influence culture. There is so much good happening in the world but few people are talking about it. Our culture desperately needs hope because hope keeps the wheel from flying off the axle.

Be a linchpin. Start a blog that encourages, leads and inspires. Don't use it to vent and point out all that is wrong with the world. Use it to show the world that hope is not lost. Use your Facebook, Myspace or Twitter profiles to fill the Internet with encouragement. Challenge your followers and friends to become better and to be linchpins too. You may not have thousands of people follow you like Seth Godin, but all it takes is just a few. Jesus changed the world by influencing twelve men. Those twelve went on to be linchpins for their generation and many generations to follow. Start today. We need you to be a linchpin.

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