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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, […]

How to strengthen your core leadership identity

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 loosely gathered, and we must choose and commit to them repeatedly. There’s a constant assault by our temptations, fears, and insecurities, and we are especially […]

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 […]

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 Characteristics of My Mentor, Col Dick O’Grady

<<<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 What value would you place on your most treasured mentor leader? It could be a parent, teacher, coach, or any adult that made a significant impact. How […]

Where is Dr. King now? A Civility Emergency

<<<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.>>> As the well-known, dramatic story unfolds, “Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty […]

Jumpstart Your Leadership Influence: 4 Tips to Better Reading

Does the thought of having 7,000 books in your personal library make you giddy or give you trepidation? Recently I read an article highlighting the prolific reading habits of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. He had over 7,000 books in his library when he retired as a general in the U.S. Marine Corp. “Mad Dog […]

Protecting Your Leadership Decisions: 4 Pre-Planning Tips

You’re in a work situation where it’s not necessarily wrong or improper, but the appearance of your activity or decision could mistakenly be construed as a wrongdoing. What do you do? Launch forward and accept the consequences or avoid the appearance of wrongdoing altogether? As I’ve seen in the past, good leaders that make decisions […]

3 Steps to Better Boundaries with your Leadership Team

<<<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.>>> A few years ago, I began noticing a line of clothing marketed mainly to young people that proudly displayed its label of “NO BOUNDARIES.” I knew it was a marketing […]

3 Ways to Avoid a Bad Leadership Reputation

By Lee Ellis During his time as a political prisoner in the gulag of the Soviets, Alexander Solzhenitsyn came to a radical but revealing conclusion about the human problem of corruption and dis-honorable behavior – “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states, nor between classes […]

Dangers of the Unreachable Goal: 4 Leadership Remedies

By Lee Ellis Here we go again. Another unrealistic goal handed down from leadership where I didn’t have any input. Accept it and figure out how to make it happen. Now I’m trapped in a corner, so I’ll have to “lie, cheat, and steal” (as the saying goes) or possibly lose my job. Does this […]

Time for a Change? 4 Points to Creating Courage

By Lee Ellis | You’ve had that feeling for a while, and it’s not going away. The daily battle to stay engaged and productive is wearing on you. It’s time for a change, and you’re either reluctant to move forward or don’t know how. Courage is needed, and your mind drifts to those traditional heroic […]

Successful CEO reveals his radical leadership habit

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 last month’s coaching article, guest Tom Crawford(1) stressed that communication is the essential ingredient for organizational success. As former Chairman and CEO in three major companies and current […]

Diffusing Meeting Room Tension the Right Way

Have you ever had that sinking feeling in your stomach about going to meetings? There are many reasons we may dread meetings—they can be boring, ineffective, unfocused, not related to our responsibilities, poorly managed, a waste of time, and the list goes on and on.   But in this blog we want to deal with […]

How Leaders Bounce Back with Tenacious Resilience

By Lee Ellis Going through tough times that seem impossible. Pushing through a challenge with unrelenting determination. Simply not giving up when you want to call it quits. Doing things that you don’t feel like doing in order to achieve your goal. What personally comes to mind when you think about resilience? What’s your frame […]

3 Ways to Lead in Preserving Our Independence

By Lee Ellis <<<Sign up and get instant access to Lee’s monthly coaching video on this topic>>> Amidst the social gatherings and backyard barbecues of the Independence Day celebrations that we have each year, there are many important and dramatic stories about the sacrifices of our founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Some […]

4 Defining Steps to Better Leadership Discipline

By Lee Ellis I really love summertime. But to be honest, it derails my sense of discipline. Perhaps it’s the additional summer activities or vacation time. This isn’t a guilt trip, but there are still worthwhile and sometimes difficult things that need to get done during the Summer, right? What can we do about it […]

Lead from Your Core Values: 3 Way to Get Ahead of the Competition

(Editor’s Note: This blog ties directly to The Honor Code—7 Core Behaviors for Honorable Leadership that can guide all leaders to honorable behavior. Download a free copy at The headline on the cover of the May 2017 issue of Fast Company profoundly states: “Put your Values to Work.” That’s a great idea for leaders […]

The Doom and Gloom Report on Millennial Leadership—Fact or Fiction?

By Lee Ellis | Sign Up to receive the coaching video for this month’s topic – it’s free and safe. Have you heard that the global workforce is doomed because of the growing influx of inexperienced Millennials? They’re labeled as entitled, lack commitment and drive, impatient, and don’t respond well to authority. And these related […]

Stuck and Not Getting Results? 5 Solutions to Employee Engagement

  I’m amazed at how often I get asked by young people, “How does a leader gain influence?” or “How can I influence others?” This skill seems to be an important question for many people, and it came up in the novel The Shack which just debuted as a movie. Power and Authority Versus Relationships […]