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Three Instant Way to Give Positive Feedback to Others

  Any leaders looking for a way to avoid being a stingy Grinch this Christmas season? Here’s a very simple but not always easy way to freely give with a generous heart AND get results with your team. Honorable leaders must give positive feedback on a regular basis. Here are 3 reasons why: Positive feedback […]

3 Ways to Avoid Being a Grinch Leader

<<<Watch this month’s free Leading with Honor Coaching clip on this topic – Sign up and get instant access. Your information is safe with us.>>> During this Christmas and Chanukah season, many of us are thinking about the special gifts that we hope to receive. But when it comes to giving the most important gifts, […]

Commentary: Put the Civil Back in Civil Discourse

Here is another individual and leader calling for civility and civil discourse in public and private life. In this fantastic article below, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.) shares his thoughts in Signal Magazine on how honorable leaders can create positive change around them. Please read and post your comments too – thank you […]

Gaining Trust – What’s the one Question?

Asking this one question could help you earn trust at work – good advice from speaker and author, Gary Anderson. Please read on Linkedin and post your comments and experience below – thank you  

The Number 1 Sign of High Intelligence

This is what the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, looks for when he wants to know if someone is really smart. And notice the interesting comment about “strong opinions lightly held.” It takes a mature, confident leader to do this important trait—see if you agree Please Read this article on the Inc.com website, and share your […]

Leading with Honor Tip – 4 Core Identity Components

Quick Leading with Honor Tip – want to live and lead with honor from your core identity? There are four components that will guide you in this process everyday: 1. Your Spiritual Core is living your values and being faithful to your conscience, and your deepest intuitions. 2. Character is the outward evidence of your […]

How to strengthen your core leadership identity

<<<Watch this month’s free Leading with Honor Coaching clip on this topic – Sign up and get instant access. Your information is safe with us.>>> Natural confidence in leadership can make us believe that our core identity is safely locked in a vault. But the reality is that the elements of our core are only […]

How to Authentically Connect with Others

Leading with Honor Tip: What is it like when you work with a highly competent, skilled colleague that has little ability to connect with others? In my experience it’s frustrating and mentally draining! This soft skill of connecting with others is the art of leadership. You must connect in two ways: Connect based on each […]

Lessons in Leadership from a Squadron Janitor

Have you read this surprising, inspirational story of William Crawford? He was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford was our squadron janitor. Read this story on the Officers Christian Fellowship website, and share your comments below.        

2 Behavioral Ways to Better Connect in Leadership

By Lee Ellis What is it like when you work with a highly competent, skilled colleague that has little ability to connect with others? In my experience it’s frustrating and mentally draining! This soft skill of connecting with others is the art of leadership. To master this art, you must learn to connect with each […]

The 3 Attributes of Leadership Success for Col Don Ellis

What are the three foundational attributes that Lee Ellis’ mentor, Col Don Ellis USAF (1932-2018), exhibited for over 40 years? We can all learn and apply them: Consistent On a daily basis in every conversation, behind every closed door, in every briefing and meeting, in social or professional situation, he displayed consistent character, fairness, and […]

Don’t Try to Be the “Fun Boss” — and Other Lessons in Ethical Leadership

Good article from Harvard Business Review after they collected personality data and supervisor ratings of ethical behavior (e.g., integrity, accountability) on 3,500 leaders across 30 organizations we had worked with. So, what should today’s leaders do to build trust with their teams and the public? Here are a few tips, based on their findings: Be […]

Defining Your Core Leadership Identity: Back to Square One

By Lee Ellis When I was a young boy, my goals were simple and quite clear. I was going to do something special. Either I would play football for the Georgia Bulldogs, or I would be a fighter pilot. As a senior in high school at 155 pounds and only average speed for a quarterback […]

Influence and Engagement Tips for Nonprofits

Are you a nonprofit leader that wants new, fresh engagement with your donors and volunteers? In this new article published on the CLA blog, Lee offers advice to increase engagement during this critically important fundraising time of the year. Please read on the CLA Blog and post your comments and experience too – thank you […]

Golden Advice on Listening and Getting Input

Former CEO and colleague, Tom Crawford, shares this gold nugget about listening and getting internal input:   Knowledge is powerful. Knowledge shared is more powerful. Knowledge from the people in the company who touch it every day is the most powerful of all. Wow! Tom is saying that senior leaders need to be listening to […]

The Elmer’s Glue of Organizational Development

You have to be honest yet respectful, so what do you say? And how do you say it? Or just leave it alone and say nothing? In a previous article, guest Tom Crawford stressed that communication is the essential ingredient for organizational success. As former Chairman and CEO in three major companies and current member […]

These 4Cs won’t fail in your leadership

We can’t emphasize these 4Cs enough as you communicate with family, friends, and colleagues—it is a recipe for great communication if used on a regular basis. You can also see the full-length infographic on the 4Cs – check it out Please comment on your experiences below – thank you!      

Need some creative inspiration? Here’s Da Vinci’s Recommendation

Need some inspiration for new ideas or better ways of working? This article from Chief Executive parallels Leonardo Da Vinci’s collaborative methods with how we can better get inspiration and collaboration today. It’s an interesting read—Please read it on their website and comment on what inspires you!      

3 Leadership Success Attributes from Mentor Col Don Ellis

<<<Watch this month’s free Leading with Honor Coaching clip on this topic – Sign up and get instant access. Your information is safe with us.>>> By Lee Ellis When recording this month’s Leading with Honor Coaching video, I realized that two of my most influential mentors and I held the same job during our military […]

3 Leadership Tips for Dealing with Meeting Dread

Have you ever had that sinking feeling in your stomach about going to meetings? Let’s take a moment and deal with “meeting dread”. It’s the kind that comes from fear and undermines every facet of leadership. Here are 3 ways to defuse the tension from friend and former CEO Tom Crawford – Be intentional to […]