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Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch

How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success

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'Spark' by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch is a motivational guide for developing leadership qualities in oneself and others. The book encourages readers to cultivate meaningful relationships, embrace challenges and lead with integrity.

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    Sparks are dynamic and inspirational leaders who are desperately needed these days.

    What would you think if your organization offered leadership training to every single employee – janitors, salespeople and mail clerks included? You’d probably think they were wasting their money, and you wouldn’t be alone.

    Most companies tend to save leadership training for moments when someone gets promoted to a managerial position. What these businesses fail to see is that leadership skills aren’t just useful for managers; they’re useful for the true leaders that can exist at any level of an organization.

    These true leaders are called sparks because their actions are capable of creating sparks of inspiration. They are the people always prepared to take action in order to make things better. Although we generally imagine leaders to be CEOs, managers or supervisors, a spark can be found anywhere in the organization and at any level.

    One of the authors, Angie Morgan, had an amazing colleague when she was working in sales for a pharmaceutical company. This coworker was well educated, had great communication skills and routinely exceeded sales quotas each quarter. Both coworkers and clients loved working with her and new employees would always look up to her as a role model.

    When Morgan told her she was a great leader, the colleague tried to correct her, saying she was just an employee. But sparks are more than just their job title – they’re always leaders.

    Angie’s colleague is the kind of spark that companies need more of.

    With constant, rapid changes in the marketplace and the workplace, businesses need innovative people if they have any hope of staying competitive. Even so, most of them think it’s enough to update procedures, hardware and everything but their personnel.

    But if they really want to stay innovative and creative, they need sparks – people at all organizational levels who are motivated and capable of producing amazing results.

    Now that you know what a spark is and how important they are, let’s look at how you can become one yourself.

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    What is Spark about?

    Spark (2017) is a how-to guide on transforming yourself into the most valuable asset in your organization. It shows how anyone, from administrative assistants to executive officers, can inspire others to greatness and ignite the spark that will take their team to amazing heights.

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    Spark (2017) is a book that explores how anyone can become a great leader by embracing three key behaviors. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It presents practical strategies that can be implemented immediately, helping individuals develop the skills needed to lead effectively.
    • With real-life examples and case studies, the book showcases how these behaviors have transformed individuals and organizations.
    • By focusing on the importance of authenticity and meaningful connections, Spark challenges traditional notions of leadership and inspires readers to think differently.

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    Focus on responding, not reacting, to the people and events you encounter.

    —Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch
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    Who should read Spark?

    • People who want to take their career one step further
    • Managers who want to boost their team performances
    • Readers interested in the skills that make great leaders

    About the Author

    Angie Morgan is a regular contributor to Forbes and Business Insider as well as a guest on CNN, CNBC and Fox News. In 2004 she cofounded Lead Star, a leadership development firm that has worked with numerous Forbes 500 companies like Facebook and Boston Scientific.

    Courtney Lynch met Angie Morgan when they were both serving in the US Marine Corps, a role that allowed her to begin developing her leadership skills. She also worked as a Washington, DC attorney and a sales manager at Rational Software before cofounding Lead Star.

    Sean Lynch has previously served in the United States Air Force and has worked as a pilot for Delta Airlines. He is now a senior consultant for Lead Star, and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University.

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    What is the main message of Spark?

    The main message of Spark is that anyone can become a leader by developing their character, connecting with others, and inspiring positive change.

    How long does it take to read Spark?

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    Is Spark a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Spark is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in leadership development. It offers practical insights and actionable strategies to become a better leader.

    Who is the author of Spark?

    The authors of Spark are Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch.

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