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A Former POW’s Return Visit to Vietnam – Follow My Story

A new collection of photos on our website share the highlights from Lee and his wife Mary’s trip to Asia as Lee returns on a speaking and visiting tour of the region. This is also his first return visit to Vietnam in over 40 years since his POW capture and release. The entire trip covered […]

March 5, 2014

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Leadership Intuition: Learning To Listen To Your Gut

By Lee Ellis 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 […]

March 4, 2014

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4 Beliefs that Will (Eventually) Lead to a Nervous Breakdown

Editor’s Note: we routinely feature third-party articles that are of interest to us in our continuing work to promote the Leading with Honor message. We hope that this article is informative and enlightening for you. Original Article Link – Click Here by Shelley Prevost Anxiety is a powerful drug for entrepreneurs. In the right doses, […]

February 27, 2014

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Special Thanks for Leaders Sharing Honorable Leadership Principles

Special thanks to MSgt Ryan Edwards USAF serving at Eglin AFB, FL for the following comment and request – “Hello. I am a MSGT in the USAF and I really enjoyed the book. I hand it out to my Airmen every month as a reward for being the superior performer for the month. I’d like […]

February 26, 2014

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Facing a Critical Leadership Challenge Right Now? Read About this Life Experience from the Honorable Orson Swindle

Facing a critical leadership challenge right now? Read about the Vietnam POW experience from another perspective. This new interview article focuses on the thoughts and memories Lee’s close friend and comrades, The Honorable Orson Swindle. Read about his personal strategy for withstanding the physical, mental, and emotional torture, and share your thoughts – Click this […]

February 17, 2014

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New C-Span Lee Ellis Interview on Sunday, February 17th – See Enclosed

This Weekend on C-Span! Lee talks with C-Span Founder and Executive Chairman, Brian Lamb, on his popular program, Q&A, on more personal, intimate details of his POW experience and how he has adapted those lessons learned into teaching and consulting others today. This is one of Lee’s best interviews to date, so we wanted to […]

February 13, 2014

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Three Leaderships Lessons From Janis Joplin by Shelley Row

(Editor’s Note: Shelley Row learns “3 Leadership Lessons from Janis Joplin”—yep, that’s right! Her insights will intrigue you—read her article below and share your thoughts. The original article link can accessed here.) By Shelley Row Yes, you read that correctly: Leadership lessons from Janis Joplin. I know. I’m surprised, too. My husband and I, along […]

February 13, 2014

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Happy Birthday, President Lincoln – Examining His Leadership Legacy

After surveying hundreds of leaders about President Abraham Lincoln’s leadership ability to achieve great results amidst unbearably difficult circumstances, these attributes rose to the top in Lee Ellis’ research. Download a free copy of Lee’s case study on this topic from our website, and please share!

February 12, 2014

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Vision in Leadership – A Fighter Pilot’s Perspective

Fighter pilots understand the importance of vision, but let’s take it a step deeper. In the context of leadership, Lee was recently asked, “How important is it that the leader define and communicate vision in order to build and sustain a high-performance team?”  His answer – “It is essential. Clarity is always job number one. […]

February 10, 2014

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C-Span Footage of Lee’s Keynote Speech on Leadership and Survival

In one his latest keynote speeches, Lee Ellis speaks to an audience of 1,000 about leadership and surviving the Vietnam War as a POW. This particular speech is set in the context of understanding why the U.S. was involved in the Vietnam War and the freedoms that enjoy as Americans in peacefully protesting issues that […]

February 5, 2014

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The Disconnect Between Leading with Honor and Living with Honor

Do you see a disconnect in our society today between “leading with honor” and “living with honor”? For long-term, successful growth as an honorable leader in one’s work, we must first choose to live with honor in all daily, personal and professional decision-making. Consider just a few recent headlines – Air Force ICBM Testing – […]

February 4, 2014

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Adams and Jefferson Leadership Traits: Which One Was the Better Leader?

By Lee Ellis (Editor’s Note: we’re offering a free report to help you determine your personal, natural leadership strengths and struggles. Are you more Jefferson or Adams? Take the Leading with Honor Discovery Report, and instantly download your report.) American presidents come and go throughout history, but think about the presidents that you regard as […]

February 3, 2014

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2014 List – Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business

See if some of your favorites made the list on the 4th Annual “Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business”, published by Trust Across America. Many of the honorees are well-known CEOs and leadership experts, while others are quietly working behind the scenes as teachers and researchers. What are some of your favorite trustworthy leaders? Click […]

January 29, 2014

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Leadership and BridgeGate – Who’s Doing the Right Thing?

Recently, Lee was a guest on My Fox 9 program, Chasing New Jersey, as they discussed recent issues related to Senator Chris Christie’s leadership. Watch Lee’s reaction and commentary from a leadership development perspective, and share your thoughts on this topic. As we all look inward, what can we learn from this situation as leaders? […]

January 28, 2014

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Why We Become Mindless Zombies at Work (and in Leadership)

Editor’s Note: We thought this article was an interesting spiritual perspective in regards to work and calling. You may or may not have the same spiritual beliefs, but it is our hope that you can gain some new perspective in this insightful article. Original Article Link – Click Here by Paul Sohn If you add […]

January 27, 2014

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

We wanted to mention the latest recommendation from Lee’s bookshelf – “Exceeding Expectations: Reflections on Leadership” by William R. Looney. In this 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 […]

January 21, 2014

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The Paradox of Faith vs. Reality – How to Create Your Leadership Vision

One of the difficult challenges for leaders is paradox — the fine balance between being humble and strong; decisive and willing to listen to the ideas of others; confident and vulnerable; tough and compassionate; and detached and sensitive. What’s your leadership vision for the new year? And do you create a meaningful vision that matches […]

January 16, 2014

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Are You a Tortoise or a Hare Leader? Who Wins in the End?

So, are you a tortoise leader or a hare leader? Who wins in the end? Leadership qualities are similar and different in each person depending on your innate personality strengths and struggles. If you’ve ever been told that one leadership style is better than another, be encouraged that you can be your true self AND […]

January 9, 2014

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