Spark
Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2017

Leadership isn’t about a job title—it’s about action and behavior.

In SPARK, entrepreneurs, business consultants and military veterans Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch show how anyone can become an extraordinary leader by embracing seven key behaviors.

Many people believe that leaders are the rare few at the upper echelons of a business or other enterprise. But the truth is leaders can be found at any level of an organization.

These are the Sparks—the doers, thinkers, innovators, and key influencers who are catalysts for personal and organizational change. Sparks aren’t defined by the place they hold on an organizational chart. They are defined by their actions, commitment, and will.

When Sparks are ignited, their actions can shape their future. They make things better. They’re the individuals who have the courage to challenge the status quo and take action.

Frederick W. Smith, Chairman & CEO of FedEx Corporation, adds: The concept of leadership is not a difficult one to understand. It’s that straight-forward, but it’s by no means intuitive. It must be learned and practiced. SPARK will help you do just that.  

SPARK’s insights were hard-earned by its authors, Angie Morgan (Marine Corps), Courtney Lynch (Marine Corps), and Sean Lynch (Air Force), who today are sought-after consultants and keynote speakers, through their firm Lead Star, due to the relevant, engaging way they help individuals reimagine themselves as leaders so they can reach their true potential.

Not only does SPARK provide you with the encouragement and motivation to be a leader, it also offers online resources that will further support your leadership development. With SPARK as a blueprint, anyone can become a catalyst for change, and any organization can identify and develop Sparks.

About the Authors

Angie Morgan is the founder of Lead Star and served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after launching her professional career, Angie saw a need in the workplace: professionals consistently showed the capacity to be leaders, but no one was actively helping them get there. Angie founded Lead Star to help professionals understand how they can achieve greater success by implementing leadership practices into their work routines. Angie also serves as the Director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Partner Network, convening and connecting leading consultancies with the Center’s innovative thought leadership, research and development solutions. Prior to creating Lead Star, Angie worked for Pfizer and Merck as a sales professional where she had firsthand experience working in business operations. She holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is the co-author, with Courtney Lynch of Leading from the Front. Angie is the mother of two young boys and wife of a retired Marine Corps officer.

Courtney Lynch is the founder of Lead Star and served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. As the founding partner of Lead Star, Courtney works closely with all levels of leaders — from CEOs to frontline team members. She facilitates executive team sessions, delivers dynamic keynotes and designs and delivers development programs that drive immediate results. In addition to her work with consulting clients, Courtney serves as the Director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Partner Network, convening and connecting leading consultancies with the Center’s innovative thought leadership, research and development solutions. Prior to creating Lead Star, Courtney was an attorney at one of the nation’s largest law firms and a sales manager for Rational Software. She holds a law degree from William & Mary, an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and completed intensive studies at Cambridge University. She is the co-author, with Angie Morgan, of Leading from the Front. She’s been a guest on CNBC, FOX News, and CNN and her efforts with Lead Star have been noted in Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times and others.

Sean Lynch is Senior Consultant at Lead Star. Sean’s early leadership accomplishments occurred during his service as a United States Air Force F-16 fighter pilot. After completing military service, Sean applied his leadership experience to the airline industry as a commercial pilot. His passion for leadership development inspired him to join Lead Star. Whether facilitating a team session, giving a keynote address, or conducting a workshop, Sean delivers actionable, practical, and engaging content. Sean works with CEOs, executive teams, and frontline managers to help clients achieve exceptional results and lasting change.