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On this day in leadership history, June 25th

On this day in leadership history in 1868, FL, AL, LA, GA, NC & SC were readmitted to U.S. It took three years for the readmission process to begin after the war ended in 1865. What’s the leadership lesson? Sometimes after a relationship has ended, it’s time to re-connect. Only you can decide when it’s […]

June 25, 2017

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4 Summer Leadership Discipline Tips (Amidst the Fun)

Whether you’re a Millennial or Gen Z or a seasoned Boomer, it’s courageously learning to do what we don’t want to do and doing what we know that we should do to achieve our goals. Here are 4 helpful tips from Lee Ellis to improve your discipline –  Recognize that choices become habits. Whether good […]

June 20, 2017

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Results vs Relationships Balance – How to Assess Your Team’s Behavior

As a child, riding a seesaw was fun, wasn’t it? Well, except when you didn’t have equal weight on both sides—then it was just out of balance and someone got stuck in mid-air. That bears the question—is your leadership out of balance?  Most likely it is because statistically, more than 85% of the population tilts […]

June 19, 2017

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The Engage with Honor Launch Package is still available!

The Engage with Honor Launch Package is still available on our website! Purchase your copies. Plan for your Fall reading club or team training, purchase 10 or more copies and get the Launch Package which includes – – Free Leading with Honor 1-Page Mini Report – Discussion Guide for Groups – 6 Coaching Videos by […]

June 19, 2017

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On this day in leadership history, June 18th

On this day in 1977 in leadership history, Space Shuttle test model “Enterprise” carries a crew aloft for 1st time; it was fixed to a modified Boeing 747. It would be 4 years later before the official Space Shuttle takes off in 1981. What’s the leadership lesson? Whether it’s small wins or big wins as […]

June 18, 2017

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Happy Flag Day!

Great reminder from my friends and speaking client, Northwest Battle Buddies          

June 14, 2017

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Be aware of you and your team’s performance potential – see inside

What are the unique strengths and struggles for each of your team members? And how do they affect team performance and unity? Self-awareness is critical in today’s competitive marketplace. Take a moment and get a quick, free snapshot by taking the Leading with Honor Assessment. You may be surprised by the results – click here […]

June 13, 2017

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On this day in leadership history, June 11th

On this day in leadership history in 1987, Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term. What’s the leadership lesson? As a leader, make sure that you’re winning for the right reason. Fame, glory, or a desire to win fade over time. Character and honor is a […]

June 11, 2017

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4 Defining Steps to Better Leadership Discipline

By Lee Ellis I really love summertime. But to be honest, it derails my sense of discipline. Perhaps it’s the additional summer activities or vacation time. This isn’t a guilt trip, but there are still worthwhile and sometimes difficult things that need to get done during the Summer, right? What can we do about it […]

June 7, 2017

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Guest Article – Art as a path to transformation

In this inspirational article by Brazilian friend and executive search consultant, Adriana Prates, she shares her unique stories and perspective on the impact that art has on each of one us in life, work, and leadership. She firmly believes that art is, par excellence, the place of knowledge, accomplishment and expression. How can you use […]

June 7, 2017

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A Lee Ellis FAQ on Courage

A Lee Ellis FAQ – “Courage is cited by the English author and management specialist, Simon Sinek, as the main requirement for inspired leadership. According to him, to lead is to have the nerve to risk your own neck, to take the first step and, therefore, influence teams. Do you agree with this point of […]

June 6, 2017

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Special Offer for our close friends and family through June 15th

A Special Offer for our close friends and family – from now through June 15th, take an extra 30% off any purchase in the Leading with Honor Online Store. Simply use coupon code “HONOR17” during checkout. Perfect gift for graduation season. And thank you for your faithful support of Lee Ellis and Leading with Honor! […]

June 5, 2017

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On this day in leadership history, June 4th

On this day in leadership history in 1924, an eternal light flagstaff was dedicated at Madison Square in New York City in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I. It still exists today. What’s the leadership lesson? In your work and leadership, intentionally commemorate special moments in history to help […]

June 4, 2017

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The updated Courage Challenge Card is here!

The updated Courage Challenge Card is here! Thousands of leaders are using this small card to help improve their communication skills. Download your free copy or purchase them in bulk in our Online Store.      

June 1, 2017

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See if you’re doing all 4C’s – the List inside

On average, our guess is that you’re only doing 2 of the 4C’s on a regular, consistent basis—it’s because you’re continuing to grow! Whether you’re a parent, friend, or leader, doing all 4C’s is a fantastic goal for life and leadership. Please read and share – thank you The 4C’s of Courageous Accountability Explained Lee […]

May 31, 2017

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The Game-Changer in Leadership – The Power of Vulnerability

This insightful message from Brene Brown on vulnerability and human connection makes some critical points that affect others to lead with honor. The courage to be vulnerable is the new game-changer in leadership and career advancement. Please watch and see if you agree – thank you The 4C’s of Courageous Accountability Explained The strong emphasis […]

May 30, 2017

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Special Memorial Day Weekend Honoring Lance Sijan – See the Photos

On this special Memorial Day weekend, I was in Milwaukee WI for the Lance Sijan F4C Phantom dedication at Mitchell field. In addition to the dedication, we’re also remembering his ultimate sacrifice many years ago in service to our nation. It was an honor to be chosen to ride in the parade in his restored […]

May 29, 2017

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On this day in leadership history, May 28th

On this date in leadership history in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic. 80 years later, it’s still in operation allowing thousands of cars to travel across it every day. What’s the leadership lesson? When planning your next project or endeavor, have the leadership vision to build for long-term […]

May 28, 2017

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How to Get Better Clarity in Leadership – A Video Coaching Clip

If your leadership or team communication is a bit murky, Lee offers is practical advice on getting more clarity. This coaching clip discusses Chapter 5 entitled “Clarity Begins with the Leader” from Lee’s latest award-winning book, Engage with Honor. Special bulk purchase options are also available for leadership and team development. Through his five-year experience […]

May 25, 2017

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2 quick tips to manage difficult, dominant personalities

Perhaps you have heard it said about a powerful leader, “There’s a graveyard just outside his/her office for those who dared to confront them with the truth.” What’s the recognizable pattern of a dysfunctional dominant personality? Note the progression below when they are caught in a mistake. Step 1 – Deny Example – “That’s not […]

May 24, 2017

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Another Book Award for ‘Engage with Honor’ – See Inside

Another Book Award for Engage with Honor! It just won the Leadership category in the distinguished 11th Annual Indie Excellence Awards Program. It also placed as a finalist in the non-fiction cover design category, too. WINNER – Leadership Category  – Link FINALIST – Book Cover Design Non-Fiction – Link        

May 22, 2017

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On this day in leadership history, May 21st – Clara Barton

On this day in leadership history in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. Here is a 3 minute story of her life and leadership contributions. Let’s all learn from the lives of others who have made a mark on history. Clara Barton – Wikipedia      

May 21, 2017

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A New “Leading with Honor” business testimony

We’re ecstatic by this new Leading with Honor testimony from a large construction company owner – please celebrate with us: “As soon as I could get my hands on a copy of ‘Leading with Honor’, I read it. Shortly thereafter I bought more copies and gave to each of the key people in my company. […]

May 19, 2017

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The latest recommendation from Lee’s bookshelf – “In Extremis Leadership: Leading As IF your Life Depended On It”

The latest recommendation from Lee’s bookshelf – “In Extremis Leadership: Leading As IF your Life Depended On It” by Thomas A. Kolditz. The book describes a variety of high-risk situations that are ideal settings to seek and find great leaders, assess how they might be different, and to glean valuable insights for extraordinary leadership in […]

May 18, 2017

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The 4 Symptoms of Working with Dysfunctional Dominant Personalities

One third of the population has a “Dominant” personality.  I happen to be one of them and many of my friends and clients are also.  We have high confidence in our opinions which like most strengths can be good or bad – strengths taken too far usually become struggles.   A deviant and devious, version of […]

May 17, 2017

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Stuck in Challenging Leadership Situation? See Inside

In challenging conversations, which team members withdraw from the conversation? Which ones try to dominate? What if everyone chose to engage instead? The Courage Challenge card is a popular tool that Lee Ellis uses in coaching and training, and it’s available to you! Download a copy and/or purchase copies for your entire time in the […]

May 16, 2017

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A Leadership Tribute – Happy Mother’s Day!

Some quick facts about these amazing, maternal leaders: – Today, 54% of new mothers have at least some college education.  That’s up from 41% 20 years ago in 1990. – Women make 80% of the general purchasing decisions for their families . . . 93% of the food purchases . . . and even 65% […]

May 14, 2017

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Leading with Honor Audio Book – Drive and Listen!

The Leading with Honor Audio Book, narrated by Lee Ellis, continues to be a popular resource! Take Lee with you on your travels this Summer – listen to an audio sample on And if you’ve listened to this audio book, please share your comments – thank you!        

May 12, 2017

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2 Quick Boosters for Fulfilling Your Values

Need a practical boost to maintain and fulfill your values on a daily basis? Here are a couple of important leadership things to remember from ‘Leading with Honor’: Inspiration is Important and Must Be Ongoing. Emotions are the energy that drives us to accomplish our deepest desires. Find your inspiration from various sources: Spiritual Foundations […]

May 11, 2017

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Leadership Learning: 3 Minute Clip on Florence Nightingale

Some of today’s most respected leaders today have learned the discipline of studying other people’s lives through biographies to learn from their mistakes and capitalize on their strengths. Take 3 minutes and watch the biography of woman nurse pioneer, Florence Nightingale. Then please share your comments – thank you    

May 10, 2017

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Giving Back Spotlight – The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

As Summer 2017 gets into full swing, my many military personnel are either transitioning in or out of deployment across the world to defend our free dom. Lee Ellis and Leading with Honor support The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program’s mission is to provide quality Joint deployment support and reintegration services to all Service members, and […]

May 9, 2017

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On This Day in Leadership History for May 7, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1941, Glenn Miller records “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA. What’s the leadership lesson? In the midst of making and selling records for RCA, Glenn Miller was still able to focus on the love of making music! Remember to keep a core love of the work that you do […]

May 7, 2017

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Leading with Honor Freedom Package – Save 30% Off for a Limited Time

For a limited time, we’re offering the Leading with Honor Freedom Package @ 30% off that can be used as a personal study. Take one chapter at a time, and set your own pace to read about the 14 leadership lessons Lee learned through the crucible experience of the Vietnam POW camps. Includes the Leading […]

May 5, 2017

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Honoring and Remembering Col Leo Thorsnesss USAF (Ret) – 1932-2017

Please join Lee Ellis and the Leading with Honor Team in expressing our thoughts and condolences for a fellow Vietnam POW who flew west this week, Colonel Leo Thorsness USAF (Ret). As part of the band of brothers in the Vietnam POW camps, Col Thorsness returned home with honor and continued to be an important […]

May 4, 2017

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Leading with Honor Coaching – Free Signup Offer

Each month, Lee Ellis shares a free ‘Leading with Honor Coaching’ video like the clip below, but it’s only available when you sign up to receive in your inbox. Click to Register or sign up at the bottom of our website, and please share with others! Thank you –  

May 4, 2017

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Carole Hickerson’s Inspirational Vietnam POW Story

Here’s an inspirational story for your Tuesday! When Carole Hickerson’s husband was missing in action during the Vietnam War, she started a movement of families frustrated by a lack of information on their missing loved ones. In fact, her husband Steve was the inspiration for the silhouette displayed in the POW-MIA Flag that is still […]

May 2, 2017

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