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Knowing Yourself and the Power of Belief

Abby is undeniably beautiful. Soulful eyes, flowing hair, articulate, alert. She is fiercely loyal and protective of those she loves. Everyone sees her potential, but she’s stuck by the limitations of her past. She’s my neighbor’s dog, and she’s in search of purpose and significance. Showing up mysteriously on my neighbor’s front porch one day, […]

July 11, 2012

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The Price and Responsibilities of Freedom

As a former POW in Vietnam, I know what it’s like to lose your freedom.  For more than five years, my comrades and I were locked in dark, dusty cells, with no contact with the outside world. In fact, I never saw a sunrise or sunset for several years and only saw the stars or […]

June 27, 2012

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Tackling Leadership – “Facing Reality, Starting with Yourself”

This article from Bill George, Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO, and best-selling author, is a great reminder to tackle problems head on and take responsibility as an honorable leader –  “In my 2009 book, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, the first lesson when encountering a crisis is to “face reality, starting with […]

June 25, 2012

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VIDEO – “Describe Your Career Before Your POW Experience” – Lee Ellis

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In this video, author and leadership coach, Lee Ellis, describes his career before his POW experience described in his latest book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton. Lee makes the strong point for advance preparation for those unknown events in one's life as well as the importance of following one's passion in work. To learn more about the 'Leading with Honor' or the publishing company, FreedomStar Media, go to www.Le…

June 20, 2012

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Memorial Day Reflections for All Leaders

Memorial Day means many things in our culture. For many it marks the end of the school year, and the beginning of summer. As I was speaking in Orlando on Memorial Day weekend, it was clear that it means the rush to vacation at one of the theme parks, while for others it’s the annual […]

May 29, 2012

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GSA, Secret Service, John Edwards, Teachers Cheating! What’s Up, Doc?

Have you noticed the disconnect? Everyone thinks they have high ethics and honorable behavior, yet the headlines seem to indicate that our society has big problems in living and leading with honor.  Shocking Headlines Recently, there has been an avalanche of horror stories from government workers – for example, where was the honor of the […]

April 30, 2012

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“Man’s Search for Meaning” – What Drives You as a Leader?

From time to time, we’ll share what other books are on Lee’s bookshelf. For the 4th time, Lee just finished re-reading Viktor E Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. Based on his own experience at Auschwitz and the experiences of those he treated in his practice as a psychologist, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid […]

April 25, 2012

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14 Lessons Learned–Why do They Work? Watch and Read

In this short video, Lee answers the question “Why do these 14 lessons work?” And, here is a list of them below. Which ones have you used recently? What was the result? Leading Yourself Lesson 1 – Know Yourself Lesson 2 – Guard Your Character Lesson 3 – Stay Positive Lesson 4 – Confront Your […]

April 18, 2012

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Interview – “POW Frees Captives of Their Leadership Fears”

Lee Ellis shares in a candid, one-on-one interview with “Medium and Message” about leaders facing their fears and doubts. An important quote from the interview was, “You have to learn to lean into the pain of your fears and doubts,” he says. “We all have doubts. I consult with leaders all the time, and even […]

April 17, 2012

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Fox29 San Antonio TV Interview – “Bouncing Back”

“For people that are having challenges in life, you have to bounce back, you have to keep going, and you have to believe that tomorrow can be better.” This quote is an excerpt from Lee’s recent news interview on Fox29 in San Antonio. Watch now – http://bit.ly/H9q4jU

April 2, 2012

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New Social Media Fans–Win a FREE Leadership Coaching Session with Lee Ellis!

LIKE or FOLLOW any of the following social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn during the month of April, and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a one-on-one leadership coaching session with Lee Ellis.* There are several ways to connect online and support Lee Ellis and FreedomStar Media: – Visit Lee’s […]

March 30, 2012

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Take a Risk – Help Someone Else

     March is always an exciting month in my life. It’s the month that more than 300 former Vietnam POWs who came home in the last two groups at the end of the war.  This year is the 39th anniversary of our release from the communist cells in Hanoi.  Words can’t describe the joy of […]

March 21, 2012

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Lee answers “How important was family support during your POW experience?”

Lee briefly talks about the importance of family support during his POW experience. Regardless of your vocation, you are a leader and have influence in your personal network—make a point to lead and support those around you Please click the link below: “How important was family support during your POW experience?” – Lee Ellis

February 22, 2012

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Two Successful U.S. Presidents—One Common Leadership Challenge

With Presidents Day coming next week and a big presidential election coming this year, this is a good time to reflect on the challenges of leading with honor in one of the most difficult jobs in the world—President of the United States. Let’s look at two of the more famous and successful ones, Lincoln and […]

February 13, 2012

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Shoot-down & Capture

In this short clip, Lee describes his shoot-down and capture as a POW in Vietnam. Then, read more details in his book, Leading with Honor.   (YouTube shoot down video link = http://youtu.be/NvvaZ04T-80)

February 1, 2012

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The Surprising Results of Servant Leadership

As a POW in Vietnam I was typically the junior ranking and youngest person in my cellblock.This meant that I was always a follower and never a formal leader [i].    But in retrospect, I see that I did have influence and one way it came was through being a joyful doer.  The truth is […]

January 25, 2012

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1,955 Days—Improving My German and Chin-ups One Day at a Time

                          We often hear of the value of 20/20 hindsight when looking back at the past.  In facing the future of 2012, I believe there is great benefit and encouragement to be gained by looking back—and with the advance release of my new […]

January 2, 2012

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Leaders and Accountability — Notes from the Cliff

As we prepare to launch into the New Year, I’ve amazed at how the word “cliff” has dominated the news. We’re obviously not talking about the very dangerous physical sport of cliff diving which can be a thing of beauty and grace done by the professionals. No, it’s the political sport of dancing on the […]

January 2, 2012

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Leading with Honor – Gift-Giving Book Excerpt

During this special time of gift-giving, today’s extended post is an excerpt from the chapter on “Clarify Your Culture” in Leading with Honor. We wish you a peaceful and joyful Christmas and New Year season from FreedomStar Media – “The day I received my first package from home is a case in point. As the […]

December 27, 2011

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Welcome to Lee’s Blog Site!

Welcome to the blog site for Lee Ellis, founder and president of Leadership Freedom® and FreedomStar Media™. Lee is also the author of the advance release of his book, Leading with Honor™ – Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton. Continue to check this blog site for regular updates and posts!    

November 25, 2011

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