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More Incentive to Donate in 2020 – Last Chance

Today is our last day to make contributions to nonprofit organizations in 2020. We know that all honorable leaders strive to be generous in all areas of life, and now there’s even more incentive. This year, the CARES Act allow up to $300 in contributions as deductions on your taxes even if you don’t itemize […]

4 Interview Hacks to Stand Out in a Crowd of Job Candidates

Planning on new job opportunities in 2021? Here’s some help and self-awareness tips from our friend Dee Ann Turner. She has over 30 years of experience in talent management: Begin with the end in mind. Make it personal. Share a story or example. Emphasize results. Read the full article on her personal website     […]

Hear Lee Ellis Tell His Story in Your Car

We often hear how much people enjoy the audio book narrated by Lee Ellis entitled “Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.” Pick up a CD copy in our Online Store or download a digital copy from your favorite audio book provider –    

Today in Leadership History for December 27th

On this day in leadership history in 1978, Spain adopted a new constitution and became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship. What’s the leadership lesson? Think about the courage, patience, resilience, and teamwork that it took to accomplish this goal. Whatever your endeavor, find these attributes around you as a leader to keep moving […]

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Holiday Listening Guide – See Inside

As you attend holiday gatherings over the next few days, this is just a reminder on the tremendous power of listening to others. We believe that it’s one of the most powerful to develop relationships—here are five music-related insights on listening that will tune your ears to becoming a better listening leader – Please read […]

Endorsement from the CEO of Gary Sinise Foundation

So thankful for these kind words from Robin Rand, CEO, Gary Sinise Foundation, and Retired 4-star USAF General, about our Leadership Behavior DNA team training – “I’m so grateful for Leadership Behavior DNA, and my team and I learned about our individual natural talents together. And as a leader, through the years, I learned that […]

2020 Recommended Books in Review – Here’s the List

Lee Ellis recommends a book from his bookshelf once a month, because he knows that growing leaders are reading leaders. Here’s a summary of his 2020 picks: “The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World“ by Shannon Huffman Polson “Courage: The Backbone of Leadership” by Gus Lee “Essays […]

Christmases In the Dungeons of North Vietnam

by Ted Ballard (1932-2019) (Lee’s Note: In this stirring and emotional article written by Lt Col Ted Ballard USAF (Ret) and former Vietnam POW, he recounts 7 Christmases when we were in the prison camps of Vietnam. We encourage you and to take a moment and read the details of these unforgettable events in his […]

Today in Leadership History for December 20th

On this day in leadership history in 1946, the Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life” had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theatre, a day before its “official” world premiere. James Stewart and Donna Reed star in the film. What’s the leadership lesson? Think about the powerful emotions and message […]

Guest Article – Uncertainty at the End of the Tunnel

A sobering yet encouraging new article from Ralph de la Vega on the year 2020 and beyond. Agility won during the pandemic, and it will win again in the next phase. Business leaders will need to be as agile going back as they were going into the pandemic—or risk being left behind. Please read it […]

The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “The Grit Factor”

The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World“ by Shannon Huffman Polson. At age nineteen, Shannon Huffman Polson became the youngest woman ever to climb Mt. McKinley. Yet it wasn’t until she joined the military, as one of the Army’s first […]

Leading with Honor FAQ on Negative Gossip

Leading with Honor FAQ – “What should I do if I have a peer that is gossiping or talking negatively about another teammate?” Lee Ellis’ Answer – “Don’t join them—either kindly explain on the spot that it’s not appropriate, or excuse yourself and leave the conversation. Then ask to meet with them in private and […]

Keep Stock for Giveaways – See Inside

Keep a stock of Lee’s award-winning book, Leading with Honor, to give away to family, friends, or colleagues. Leaders share this book with others everyday—save 20% when buying this 10-book package. Purchase in the Leading with Honor Online Store below, or your favorite book retailer –    

Today in Leadership History for December 13th

On this day in leadership history in 1961, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, “Grandma Moses,” passed away at the age of 101. She began painting in earnest at the age of 78 and is often cited as an example of an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. What’s the […]

The New and Updated Honor Code!

Multiple thousands of leaders have downloaded the Honor Code since was introduced, and now we’ve updated it to be even more effective as a teaching and training tool. Courage is the core for all of the behaviors in the Honor Code, so it’s been moved to center with the new description that says – “Be […]

7 Quick Points of Advice on Keeping Your Promises

Article 3 from the Honor Code says “Keep your word and your commitments. Ask for relief sooner than necessary.” It’s easy to assume that we keep our word, but in reality it’s not that easy to keep promises consistently—especially to remember and keep the ones that aren’t as personally important to us. Why Is It […]