Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success

Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success


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From the team behind the corporate leadership consulting firm Lead Star—three leadership experts with military backgrounds—comes the New York Times bestseller Spark, “a myth-destroying book that will make you rethink both the theory and practice of leadership” (Daniel H. Pink).

Leadership is not about job titles—it’s about action and behavior. “Sparks” are the doers, thinkers, innovators, and key influencers who are catalysts for personal and organizational change. But these extraordinary individuals aren’t defined by the place they hold on an organizational chart—they are defined by their actions, commitment, and will.

Leadership experts Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch show how you can become a Spark by cultivating seven key leadership behaviors. Grounded in the latest research on leadership development, this fresh, accessible road map is packed with real-world stories from inside companies like Facebook, Google, and Boston Scientific, and from the authors’ own high-stakes, challenging experiences serving in the US Armed Forces.

With Spark as a blueprint, anyone can become a catalyst for change, and any organization can identify and develop Sparks.

Featuring a Foreword by Frederick W. Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328745644
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 343,671
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Courtney Lynch and Angie Morgan are the co-founders of Lead Star and co-authors of the best-selling business book Leading from the Front. Both women advise executives on strategy, organizational development, and talent management initiatives. Courtney and Angie are also Directors of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Partner Network, a premier organization for thought leading consultants, executive coaches and trainers.
Courtney holds a BA from North Carolina State University and a JD from William & Mary Law School. She served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. She resides in Richmond, VA, with her husband and three children.
Angie holds a BA and MBA from the University of Michigan. She served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. She resides in Traverse City, MI, with her husband and two children.

Sean Lynch is a senior consultant at Lead Star and specializes in designing and delivering leadership programming. He holds a BA from Yale University and served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Sean resides in Bradenton, FL, with his wife and two children. 

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction: Defining a Spark 1

1 Confronting the Myths of Leadership 15

2 Your Character: The Congruence Between Values and Actions 33

3 The Four Keys to Being Credible 55

4 Becoming an Accountable Leader 77

5 Act with Intent: Make Decisions That Matter 98

6 Be of Service: Recognize and Meet Others' Needs 121

7 Build Your Confidence 147

8 Demonstrate Consistency 173

Conclusion 196

Acknowledgments 202

Index 203

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