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Leadership Psychology – Are Great Leaders Made or Born?

Ask experts what the most asked question about leadership is, and they’ll usually answer “are they made or born?” Perception is everything, even if perception and reality are often at odds. Some perceive leadership to be about nature, others ascribe to the nurture theory. I find it to be a bit of both, with emphasis […]

January 7, 2014

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The Epiphany to Growth and Prosperity in 2014—3 Ways to Lead Higher

By Lee Ellis Looking back, 2013 was a very busy year for most of us—what a blur of activity! Some of my closest friends were worried that I wouldn’t be able to sustain the pace of traveling, speaking, book signing, consulting, coaching and even working on a new book. There were challenging moments, but amazingly […]

January 6, 2014

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2013 State of Leadership Survey Results–How Does Your Perspective Compare?

Administrated by Lee’s consulting company, Leadership Freedom LLC, the purpose of this survey was to identify and compile consumer input and opinion on the general state of leadership from their personal perspective. While the actual societal reality may differ slightly from the results of this survey, it does confirm consumer sentiment based on their exposure […]

January 6, 2014

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Leadership in the New Year – Read Lee’s Thoughts in this FAQ

The new year is here! Here’s a frequently asked question that Lee has received recently – “What are your thoughts on leadership at the beginning of a new year?” Answer: “Leadership always makes the difference, good or bad. The leader has to see the vision of where you’re going to be and help people get […]

January 2, 2014

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Clear Communication Breakdown–Watch This Video Clip

As we leap into the year 2014, here’s a funny reminder about the importance of clear communication, as well as the need for patience, a good sense of humor, and self-awareness. Have you ever been in a real world situation like this one? If so, how did you clarify communication and stay engaged? Please share […]

December 31, 2013

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Lee’s Giving Recommendations for 2013

Lee and his wife, Mary, believe deeply in giving back to the community, and they are longtime advocates of several organizations. If you’re looking for new areas to give before the end of 2013, please learn more about these organizations and consider supporting their work this year with your tax-deductible donation. Click to Learn More, […]

December 30, 2013

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What Leaders in America Need the Most, and A Christmas Story

Want to know what leaders in America need the most? Listen to Lee’s latest interview this morning on “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America” as he and Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Istook have a conversation about this topic as well as Lee’s memories of Christmas in the Vietnam POW camps. Do you agree with Lee’s answer? What […]

December 23, 2013

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Lee’s Latest Recommendation from His Bookshelf – “Character: The Ultimate Success Factor” – See Inside

Here’s the latest recommendation from Lee’s bookshelf – “Character: The Ultimate Success Factor” by Dr. J. Phillip London. What creates success? Is it skill? Talent? Ambition? Luck? Expertise? Perhaps it’s knowing the right people, saying the right things or simply being at the right place at the right time. It’s none of the above. While a variety of factors form our abilities and […]

December 19, 2013

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Learning Leadership from Santa – Six Immutable Principles

(Editor’s Note: from time time, we feature other writers and authors on topics of leadership and personal development. Please enjoy with our compliments.) By Gene Kamena Santa’s mission is simple: spread good cheer and make people happy. Simple enough, right? Oh, if it were only so. Upon reflection, the problem statement involved with such an […]

December 18, 2013

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What is Your Leadership Balance? – Free Case Study Offer

If you haven’t downloaded a copy of Lee’s case study entitled “What is Your Leadership Balance?”, you’ll want to get a copy on our website – FreedomStarMedia.com/Balance. It’s a FREE gift to friends and colleagues of Lee and FreedomStar Media, and it’s one of our most popular items that we offer. If you’re struggling to […]

December 18, 2013

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Behaviorally Smart Leaders are 40% More Productive – Read Why

Did you know that behaviorally smart leaders are 40% more productive in their day-to-day work? Lee is currently working with the DNA Behavior organization to help leaders become more savvy at understanding themselves as well as interpersonal and team dynamics. Read about the three things in this article that a behaviorally smart advisor/leader can do […]

December 16, 2013

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FAQ – “What is the main similarity between the battlefield and the corporate world?

Here is a popular FAQ that Lee is asked – “What is the main similarity between the battlefield and the corporate world? What lessons of the battlefield can be transferred to the corporate world?” Lee’s Answer: “In the battlefield and corporate world, you have to solve problems and overcome challenges.  Likewise, both situations have competitors […]

December 10, 2013

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Leadership Snapshot – Vietnam POW 40th Reunion News Coverage – Watch Here

Step back in time for a few minutes and join us in reviewing this fantastic video from The Nixon Foundation chronicling this year’s 40th Anniversary of the Vietnam POWs return home. You’ll love some of the archive footage that they’ve compiled, and you’ll likely learn something new about life and leadership, too. Please watch and […]

December 3, 2013

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Two Proven Themes for Positive Accountability in 2014

By Lee Ellis Take a moment to reflect back on 2013 and recall the parade of high profile leaders who have not taken responsibility for broken pledges (simply scan “leadership broken promises” in a web search). Can you see how natural and frequent it is to justify, redefine, or shift blame to others rather than […]

December 3, 2013

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3 Characteristics of Great Leaders from GM CEO, Dan Akerson

This interview article from Washington Business Journal blogger, Ingar Grev, confirms yet again that great leadership attributes are simple but not always easy. One of his quotes in the article below says, “The overwhelming majority of leaders I’ve seen [early in my career] were mediocre at best. There are a number of reasons…but primarily it’s […]

December 2, 2013

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“Checking Your Organizational Pulse: Four Healthy Ways to Improve Business Reputation and Results” – The Latest Article from Lee Ellis

Does anyone not want a great reputation in their respective marketplace? What may be a secret for some leaders is that building reputation and results is directly tied to great leadership; and great leadership comes from men and women who are willing to be authentic, wise, courageous, character-focused, and humble. This is one of the […]

November 26, 2013

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Why Should a Leader Be Generous? What’s the Benefit? Read More…

True Leaders are called to do many things–including sacrificially giving time, talent, and money to others. You can’t do it all, and you can’t give to every person or cause. But you can strategically choose to be generous to the people and organizations that have personal significance in your life. Giving keeps the focus off […]

November 21, 2013

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How to Spot Authenticity in Other Leaders – 90-Second Video Clip from Bill George

How do spot authenticity in other people? This 90-second interview with author Bill George shares his thoughts on the attributes that he seeks when evaluating authenticity in others. Do you agree with his comments? Please share your perspective. Related Posts: How to Train Yourself to Make Character-Based Decisions How Do You Clearly Understand Your Personal […]

November 14, 2013

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