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On This Day in Leadership History, December 8th

On this day in leadership history in 1765, Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts. What’s the leadership lesson? How can honorable leaders create processes that ease or automate work for their teams and organizations? Process improvements benefit everyone—leader, team, and […]

December 8, 2019

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Happy 100th Birthday, Col Charles McGee

Today Dec 7, 2019, we join with so many to say Happy Birthday to a great American, and a very special hero, Col. Charles McGee. Congratulations Col McGee on your 100th birthday and a life well lived. For those who don’t know his story, I hope you will read his biography by his daughter. He […]

December 7, 2019

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Managing the Art and Science of Teamwork

Leadership and Teamwork success are highly correlated to good relationships. Have you logically considered what that really means? If so, you realize that science will not be enough to succeed. Whenever you introduce relationships into the arena you have to deal with the many variables of human nature, many of which do not seem logical […]

December 5, 2019

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Coaching Clip: Maximizing Differences to build Trust and Teamwork

It’s human nature and we can’t help it. It’s so easy to focus on behavioral differences in our team rather than what unites us together. But what’s the process for making this change in mindset? Lee’s coaching this month offers very practical advice on how to establish relational unity in your leadership role. Please watch […]

December 4, 2019

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Praise from CEO James A Combs

Special thanks to James A Combs, President and CEO, National Advisors Trust Company, for this praise about Lee and Hugh’s upcoming new book, ‘Leadership Behavior DNA’ – “Hugh and Lee’s book is an insightful and inspirational read for everyone who has a passion for leading and developing people, and guiding change is the ultimate leadership […]

December 2, 2019

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On This Day in Leadership History, December 1st

On this day in leadership history in 1909, The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account. What’s the leadership lesson? As an honorable leader, how are you equipping your team or customers to plan ahead for their future success and well-being? […]

December 1, 2019

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Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, November 29, 2019

“Courage is the backbone of leadership. It remains the key force and the pivot point around which our other strengths are leveraged, high core values are preserved, and personal and institutional integrity are maintained.” – Gus Lee        

November 29, 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Happy Thanksgiving from Lee Ellis and the Leading with Honor Team – we’re so grateful for friends and clients like you who give us life and purpose in our work! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday today.        

November 28, 2019

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3 Gotta-do-it tips to lead better in the frenzy of the holiday season

3 Gotta-do-it tips to lead better in the frenzy of the holiday season – to lead with more authentic impact, we need to be givers every day of the year in three specific areas: personhood, performance, and potential. Give affirmation. This is about personhood. We all want to count, to be valued, to know that […]

November 27, 2019

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What’s Your Leadership Tilt? Find Your Balance Inside

What’s your tilt? We’ve surveyed hundreds of leaders about their greatest leader, the most important natural behaviors beyond character and hard worker were a balance of both Results and Relationships. Where do you tilt on the results and relationships scale? Check out this free infographic in our blog, and please tell others about it!   […]

November 26, 2019

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On This Day in Leadership History, November 24th

On this day in leadership history in 1888, Dale Carnegie war born. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (1936), a bestseller that remains popular today. One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other […]

November 24, 2019

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Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, November 22, 2019

“Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.” – Friedrich Nietzsche    

November 22, 2019

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The Latest Leadership Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Exceeding Expectations”

The Latest Leadership Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Exceeding Expectations: Reflections on Leadership”. In this special book, General Looney reflects upon his most formidable experiences during a 40-year career and articulates his leadership philosophy, which is built around a very simple notion — the greatest leaders are those who not only “exceed expectations,” but also […]

November 20, 2019

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The Art and Behavior of Intuition in Leadership

Several years ago my strategic partner and good friend Hugh Massie, Founder and CEO of DNA Behavior® International, mentioned that he was learning to trust his gut instincts more. That caught my attention since he is a CPA by training and a very results-oriented, rational person. Then as I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink, I […]

November 19, 2019

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Lee Ellis on Connecting in Leadership

People love this special “connecting” message from Lee. Recorded during one of his keynote presentations, he describes the strong desire that it takes to connect with other people and the astounding results! Please watch and post your comments too – thank you  

November 19, 2019

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Retention Tools for Honorable Leadership

Whether part of a team gift or training session, leaders are using reminder cards, wristbands, and more to help them apply honorable leadership lessons in their daily work. Very affordable and available in bulk packages, use them as part of your team’s professional development. Please check them out in the Leading with Honor Store!   […]

November 18, 2019

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On This Day in Leadership History, November 17th

On this day in leadership history in 1973, U.S. President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL, “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” What’s the leadership lesson? Article 1 of Leading with Honor’s “Honor Code” says this, “1. Tell […]

November 17, 2019

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2 Areas of Leadership Struggle and How to Conquer Them

Think it’s only good to focus on your strengths as a leader? Think again. Managing struggles is just as important. When identifying and determining personal struggles, we categorize them into two main groups –   Lack of Talent. For example, accounting requires accuracy and detail, while outside sales requires a talent for being a spontaneous […]

November 13, 2019

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How Did Natural Behavior Affect POW Life? See Inside

Grateful for strategic partners like DNA Behavior below. Together, we’re helping leaders around the world know themselves and their teams better… #HumanBehavior #LeadershipBehaviorDNA Please read my guest article on the DNA Behavior website, and please post your personal comments below.     

November 12, 2019

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Endorsement and Praise from NAVAIR

So thankful for comments like this from James Ward, Program Manager and Facilitator, NAVAIR Leadership Development Programs Office, on a recent leadership training session led by Lee – “After having Col. Ellis join us for the Naval Air Systems Command Leadership Development Program’s keystone event, we were able to see his power as a speaker. […]

November 12, 2019

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Announcing the Release of “Tap Code”

Today is the book release of my friend and fellow POW, Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, titled “Tap Code”. On this special Veterans Day, please take a moment read his harrowing story below and learn more about his new book at your favorite book retailer. Happy Veterans Day to all veterans, and thank you for your […]

November 11, 2019

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