Which Kind Of Leadership Describes You?

What is the outcome of leadership?

Have you ever given this question any real time or thought?  If you haven’t, stop here and give it 30 seconds.  What words, thoughts, images or things come to mind immediately?

Fascinating, isn’t it?

This question has been doing somersaults for me over the past few days and I had to share it with you.  There is a big idea wrapped up in here that will reframe both how you think about leadership as well as how you think about the kind of leader you aspire to.

The outcome of leadership is GROWTH.


It also happens to be at the heart of the forward movement we seek to build with organizations, teams and individuals everywhere – my wish above all wishes is that it’s something you can see yourself getting behind.

He influences.  She creates change.  They build more leaders.  All roads lead to one outcome – GROWTH.  You can lead from anywhere at anytime.  Any industry, company, organization, team, family, school, community….the list goes on and on.

While the outcome of leadership is the same, there are typically two kinds of leadership that emerge in organizations.  Here’s the thing – the organization needs both kinds of leadership and lots of it!


Yep, you guessed it – the first kind of leader is wild and crazy about starting something new.  From building businesses to building roads, this leader is typically blazing the trail in front of the rest of us.  ‘Spark’ describes how a leader inside an organization might be a spark to a new product, a change in attitude, an idea, or a business.  They’ve got the vision and they run with it, enlisting others and using their influence to move people to action.  Think Steve Jobs of Apple with the IPod followed by the IPhone – the spark is lit and before you know it, mini-fires are burning all over the organization and spreading into a full-fledged blaze.

That’s what the spark is famous for.  They ignite and fuel a new direction or vision – once it’s fired up and burning bright, they move onto light the spark again.  Everybody can be a spark for something.


Here’s where it gets interesting.  The spark needs fire-builders and the fire-builders need a spark.  The second kind of leader is the person who can fan the spark into a flame and eventually build it into a blaze of beauty.  This person is extremely skilled at knowing what kind of logs the fire needs, how many, when to throw them on the blaze and how to keep the fire from burning out of control.  Anybody can be a fire-builder – it’s up to you to step forward and be intentional about bringing your leadership to whatever needs building.

So, let me ask you – does the visual imagery of the ‘spark’ or ‘fire’ change how you think about leadership?  What’s different for you?  And, perhaps most important, what kind of leader do you aspire to be?

We can be certain of one thing – both kinds of leaders possess a deep-burning passion for growth.

Don’t wait for the position, the title or the phone call.

Go start a fire.  Go build a fire.  Now.


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Founder Todd Garreston

With over 15 years of experience leading market share growth initiatives of top consumer brands in Fortune 500 and privately-held business environments, Todd Garretson advises and helps organizations identify new growth potential, craft strategy that moves people to action and enhance overall performance.

Having a passion for helping people and organizations to unlock dormant growth potential, Todd writes and speaks for audiences in three core areas: business growth strategy, leadership and personal / professional growth.

Residing in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Lauri, and their four children, weekends and free time are spent with family, coaching youth sports, and sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition.