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On This Day in Leadership History, April 19, 2015

On this day in leadership history in 1861, Thaddeus S. C. Lowe sailed 900 miles in nine hours in a hot air balloon from Cincinnati, OH, to Unionville, SC. Even though he likely planned for every contingency, he still wasn’t sure how far that he would travel. It takes courage to launch into new territory […]

Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, April 17, 2015

“Leaders devoid of crucible experiences are likely to be overly confident about their ideas, and surprisingly more susceptible to fears; this is also true of children who are overly sheltered from facing challenges and experiences that help build their character. Courageously facing our fears in the difficult times gives us both humility and real confidence.” […]

New Readers Sharing Their Leading with Honor Comments – See Inside

We’re so grateful for these new comments about Lee’s stories and leadership lessons learned in Leading with Honor – “Lee Ellis has written a gem of a leadership maxim book. Drawing on experiences and methods used during his detention as a POW, he correlates the lessons he learned and displayed in the Hanoi prison with […]

Affecting the Bottom Line: How Culture Drives Organizational Success

Who’s ever been a part of a bad organizational culture in their work? It’s discouraging, painful, and frustrating at best. More than “warm and fuzzy” feelings, study after study shows that culture and values matter for an organization’s success. How do you create a healthy culture (or convince your leaders to do so)? Read the […]

The Positive Spin on Leadership Accountability: Making it Work the Right Way

Do you a negative or positive perspective on the issue of leadership accountability? Sure, we support accountability it relates to political figures, but it’s usually a strong indictment of something we thing that they’re doing wrong. Accountability should be a healthy choice for all of us. We’re all accountable to someone in our lives and […]

On This Day in Leadership History, April 12, 2015

On this day in leadership history in 1981, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, on its first test flight. In the first major U.S. space exploration project in more than 10 years, the space shuttle program would provide years of gaining knowledge for all kinds of industries and disciplines. As leaders, […]

APS Leadership Integrity Followup – What’s Your Opinion on the Verdict?

Lee has mentioned the Atlanta Public School System cheating scandal in the past as a failed integrity and character leadership example. Last week, 11 of the 12 defendants in the case were found guilty of conspiracy and other counts. What’s your reaction to this story? Do you feel that they should experience prison time for […]

USAF Air University – Squadron Officer School Keynote Presentation

Lee was honored to return and share his leadership expertise with more than 500 leaders at the USAF Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base last week. These sharp and dedicated military leaders instantly connected with Lee’s leadership lessons learned. We are grateful for their sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedom! ~~~~~ As president […]

On This Day in Leadership History, April 5, 2015

On this day in leadership history in 1955, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, retires as prime minister of Great Britain. After a 55-year political career with numerous accomplishments including the office of prime minister, he remained in Parliament […]

Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, April 3, 2015

“The hardest decisions in life occur when we must choose between two good things: Honesty, Justice and Frugality on one side, and Loyalty, Mercy and Generosity on the other. Let us hope neither side ever wins.” – Roy H. Williams

A Frequently Asked Leadership Question from Lee Ellis

A Frequently Asked Leadership Question from Lee Ellis – “When the pressure is on, I’m tempted to lie or withhold information to make me look better. How can I combat this integrity issue?” Answer – “After leading and managing people for more than 40 years, I can assure you that lying or misrepresenting the facts […]

On This Day in Leadership History, March 29, 2015

Let’s never forget that leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. On this day in 1987 in leadership history, Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 at Wrestlemania III fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. Are you trying to pin down a giant in your […]

The Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Decent People, Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life”

Here’s the Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – Decent People, Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life by Robert and Lyn Turknett. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience working with hundreds of CEOs, managers and teams, this husband-and-wife team provides both the inspiration and the tools to help […]

Impressive Students Leading the Way – Honoring Vietnam POWs

During the Nam POW reunion at the Wyndham River walk Hotel San Antonio, Lee and Mary took time to visit with five history students and their teacher Coach Bryan Degner from Boerne (TX) Middle School North. They are preparing for state competition in a history project and have already done considerable research on the POW […]