I’ve spent the past few months thinking about this same idea using different words when looking at management/leadership: there are growers and there are harvesters. Growers make it their goal to help the people they lead reach their potential, even when it comes at personal cost (time, energy, money) to the leader. Harvesters see their people as resources to serve their — or their company’s — needs. Growers tend to be downward focused (how can I serve my team today?) while harvesters tend to be upward focused (how can I look good to my boss and make my boss look good today?). Companies usually have a mix of both, but the company culture will be defined by which mindset dominates.