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Show Your Support of Courage and Character in Leadership!

Keep a daily reminder of how to lead with character, courage, and competence – Leading with Honor items such as reminder cards, wristbands, and courage challenge cards are available in our Online Store. Great for the corporate boardroom or next generation teaching in school or community clubs and classrooms. Visit our Online Store for more […]

August 20, 2014

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How Assessment Tools Clarify Leadership Risk and Growth

By Lee Ellis Carla, Senior Vice-President of a Fortune 200 company, has the challenge of evaluating the natural leadership potential of several team members. She had worked with all of them for some time, but she’s unsure about the best criteria to match the needed skills for the job with the potential candidates. Not only […]

August 19, 2014

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Giving Highlight – Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

Lee Ellis and his publishing company, FreedomStar Media, proudly support the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. Its mission is to provide quality Joint deployment support & reintegration services to all Service members and their Families enabling them to sustain the rigors associated with deployment or mobilization. Lee speaks to hundreds of military officers and their families […]

August 17, 2014

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It’s National Tell a Joke Day

Today is “National Tell a Joke Day” – we’re leading the charge and sharing a cartoon with you. Tell a joke to someone today, but make it a good one!

August 16, 2014

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“Don’t Get Mad: Get Even-Keeled” – How to Give/Receive Criticism That’ll Help You Grow as a Leader

Emotional fluctuations we experience in intimate relationships can often take similar form in the workplace. Criticisms are communicated as personal attacks, rather than concerns to be addressed. Daily irritations fuel disgust, sarcasm, and contempt. These situations result in defensiveness, dodging of responsibility, and a passive resistance that comes from feeling unfairly treated. Harry Levinson, a […]

August 14, 2014

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Teaching Teens to Lead – How Important Is It?

Teaching Teens to Lead—how important is it? Roughly 28% of recent college graduates are described as “deficient” with only a small fraction deemed highly skilled. Leadership requires practice, but young people get few opportunities to do so. What can you do? Check out the article below, and share your thoughts – Click here to read […]

August 13, 2014

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Two Frequently Asked Questions on Building and Maintaining Teams

Here’s a quick nugget of wisdom for your Monday—2 Frequently Asked Questions on Team-Building in Leadership – Q: “What is the role of a leader in building a high-performance team?” A: “A leader is crucial because he/she sets the tone, attitude, culture, and example of what is and is not okay. A self-aware leader must […]

August 11, 2014

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11 Things the Military Teaches You About Leadership

Whether you’re a veteran or simply appreciate the values instilled in military personnel, here are “11 Things the Military Teaches You About Leadership” – good reminders for anyone wanting to grow and stretch what they apply as leaders. Click to Read courtesy of CareerBuilder. Which leadership item in this list do you appreciate the most? […]

August 10, 2014

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Leading with Honor – Wisdom for Today, August 8th

“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning #attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of #talent.” – Coach Bear Bryant (1913-1983), Head Coach, University […]

August 8, 2014

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4 Leadership Vitamins to Take for Low Emotional Intelligence

By Lee Ellis The commercials on television today talk endlessly about treatments for low this and low that, but unfortunately, we don’t hear much about low Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Here are some symptoms: You know you’re brilliant, yet you find yourself reacting with impatience and anger with others who just don’t get it. You’ve noticed […]

August 6, 2014

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Lee Ellis – Wisdom for Today

“It takes #courage to lead during times of conflict; as an honorable #leader, you have to think one step ahead of the bad guy.” – Lee Ellis

August 1, 2014

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Six Way to Avoid Career Blindspots

What’s the saying, “What you don’t know, you don’t know”? Don’t be blind-sided by issues that can sidetrack your #career and #leadership path. Lee has created a brief slide presentation on Six Ways to Avoid Career Blindspots. Please check it out and share it with others!    

July 31, 2014

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Never Set Your Goals Too Low – How to Aim Higher to Go Higher

Instead of the traditional New Year’s resolution, let’s take a look at ways to do some “mid-course correction” in regards to personal and #professional #goals. This article from the General Leadership Blog outlines the most successful way to build a two-page document outlining who you are as a person based on your #leadership style, your […]

July 30, 2014

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The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box” by The Arbinger Institute

The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box” by The Arbinger Institute. This excellent book uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the precise psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in […]

July 24, 2014

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Two Inspiring, Special Leaders – See If You Agree

Lee Ellis met two special people recently. Jessica Cox, born without arms but the first pilot to ever be certified as a pilot by the FAA , flying with her feet. Dana Bowman, lost both his legs in an Army skydiving accident and wears two prosthesis. His motto applies here: “It is not the Disability, […]

July 22, 2014

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The Power of One Person’s Commitment – A POW Bracelet Testimony

Lee continues to be humbly grateful for many people who prayed for and supported him during his over five-year POW experience. A special lady, Judy Groszek, was one of these individuals that wore a bracelet with Lee’s name and contacted Lee 40 years later to the realization that he had returned home. Individuals like Judy […]

July 16, 2014

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4 Traits of “Invisible” People—And Why Your Organization Needs Them

Want less drama in your work as a leader? Hire some “invisible” people. A new book profiles ambitious professionals who find the most satisfaction in work that is critical to their organization’s success, but goes largely unnoticed by the public. Read about the “4 Traits of ‘Invisible’ People in Your Organization” and why they’re critical […]

July 10, 2014

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