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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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On This Day in Leadership History, November 10th

On this day in leadership history in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors in Washington D.C. This 2-acre memorial displaying 58,320 names, including eight women. What’s the leadership lesson? Honorable leaders should visit and spend time there when they can. It’s worth remembering the price paid in the name and virtue of […]

November 10, 2019

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Remembering November 7th – POW Shoot Down and Capture

  It was 4:00 PM, November 7, 1967 when Captain Ken Fisher and I rolled our F-4C Phantom jet into a dive-bomb pass that would forever alter our lives. Swooping downward our bird’s turned-up wingtips, elevated tail, and deafening roar, must have resembled a high-tech version of a pre-historic pterodactyl.  Plunging toward the gunners below […]

November 7, 2019

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Two Leadership Struggles that Make You More Confident

Who doesn’t love a confident, engaging, thoughtful leader? We all need to believe in ourselves, but the reality is that we’re most healthy and self-aware when we accept our imperfections and struggles. Not convinced? Here’s my persuasive argument based on years of experience. Watch this month’s Leading with Honor Coaching, and then continue with the […]

November 6, 2019

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Coaching Clip: Two Leadership Struggles that Make You More Confident

As people and leaders, we naturally gravitate to focus on our strengths at the expense of ignoring our struggles. Based on Lee’s years of leadership coaching and consulting, he challenges this tendency by sharing some tips to naturally balance both areas to become a more confident, honorable leader. Please watch this month’s Leading with Honor […]

November 6, 2019

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On This Day in Leadership History, November 3rd

On this day in leadership history in 2002 at Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, 777 people assembled a 58,435 square foot jigsaw puzzle with 21,600 pieces. What’s the leadership lesson? What would it take for you to rally your team to achieve a seemingly insurmountable goal? Honorable leaders have learned the natural influence to […]

November 3, 2019

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Alert: Your Brain is Due for an Update

Timely reminder from Ralph de la Vega to “update our brains” meaning that most leaders reliably operate on facts. But facts age over time and unless we update what’s in our brain, what we think to be true may no longer be so. That’s as dangerous as operating without facts at all. Please take a […]

October 31, 2019

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What’s the first step in Courageous Leadership?

Before leaders and teams can connect or collaborate, did you know that the first step is clarity? It makes sense, but clarity take conscious effort and repetition. Here are the 4C’s for courageous leadership and please share to help others! The 4C’s are covered more in-depth in Lee’s book, Engage with Honor: Building a Culture […]

October 30, 2019

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7 Core Behaviors for Creating Leadership Boundaries

Need some clear ethical boundaries for your team or organization? core behavioral reminders for being civil in your personal and professional life? Here are 7 core behaviors to lead and work with honor. For example, article #2 says, “Be ethical. Operate within the laws of the land, the guidelines of your profession, and the policies […]

October 29, 2019

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Coming in 2020! The Primer on Discovering Natural Talents

Grounded in statistical research and supported by data from millions of clients and more than 45 years of workplace experience, Lee Ellis and Hugh Massie reveal their personal stories and experience on how they’ve successfully helped organizations achieve their goals by applying practical insights on human design. Preorder Your Copy on Amazon   “…There are […]

October 28, 2019

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On This Day in Leadership History, October 27th

On this day in leadership history in 1858, Roland Macy opened Macy’s Department Store in New York City. It was Macy’s eighth business adventure, the other seven failed. What’s the leadership lesson? Honorable leaders keep going and don’t give up. Macy’s History – Wikipedia      

October 27, 2019

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