My personal and professional mentor, Col Dick O’Grady USAF (1937-2018), had 3 critical attributes that sealed the deal for me as a growing leader. Besides our common values, he had these 3 fundamental (and somewhat paradoxical) characteristics – Courageous, confident, and humble. Dick was determined to live by the standards he promoted and that’s never […]
After surveying hundreds of leaders about President Abraham Lincoln’s leadership ability to achieve great results amidst unbearably difficult circumstances, there were some tangible leadership attributes that rose to the top in Lee’s research. Leading with Honor’s “Leadership Balance Case Study” examines the unique results vs. relationships balance of this famous presidential leaders in U.S. history. […]
Kids are back in school and Summer is beginning its transition. Now’s the time to prepare some team leadership development with Leading with Honor Group Training materials. Used as a self-study, we recommend the training set below for each team member and study as many of the 14 leadership lessons as you wish. It’s ready […]
On this day in leadership history in 1937, Red Skelton appeared on network radio for the first time on the “Rudy Vallee Show” on NBC. Beloved my millions of people, he is still regarded as a mega-talent in the entertain industry. What’s the leadership lesson? Leadership influence can be narrowly defined as “persuasive power”, but […]
“Dare to reach into the darkness, to pull someone into the light. Remember strong people not only stand up for themselves, they stand up for others too.” – unknown
Leading with Honor Frequently Asked Question: “Why is leadership development important now? Answer from Lee Ellis: “One of my Marine POW friends had an expression that “pain purifies.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement regarding leadership development. It’s not easy. If leadership development was easy, then everyone would wake up and do it […]
The clip below from photographer Dewitt Jones is a breath of fresh air amidst the discouraging news headlines and demanding life challenges that we face everyday. There’s so much right with the world, too! Be encouraged as you watch below…
There’s still time to register and attend the 5th Annual America’s Warrior Partnership Symposium on Sept 5th-7th in the Atlanta area. Lee is one of the keynote speakers—please learn more about the event below!
On this day in leadership history in 1833, the village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250 people. By the time the 1890 census rolled around, there were over 1 million people. Today there is 2.7 million people. What’s the leadership lesson? Our tendency as humans is to live and work in the […]
<<<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 […]
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Red in The Shawshank Redemption
We’ve surveyed hundreds of leaders about their greatest leader, the most important natural behaviors beyond character and hard worker were Results and Relationships. Where do you tilt on the results and relationships scale? Check out this free infographic, and please tell others about it!
What’s the reality of a full-employment economy? I pulled these quick facts from Annie Lowrey’s article in The Atlantic: Full employment — that magical economic state, in which everyone who wants work has it, and at a good wage too — finally seems to be near. In much of Iowa, it already is. Out of […]
Interesting mini-biography clip on actor Denzel Washington. What leadership lessons can you learn from his life and career? Please watch and add your comments below – thank you
My grandson Landon and I had a fantastic time at the Oshkosh EAA Airventure recently. More than 10,000 airplanes on one airfield. I love this F86-F jet and always wanted to fly it but was too young Haha. They had retired them all by the time I came onboard. Then I got the opportunity to […]
On this day in leadership history in 1998, the United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused $2.8 billion in lost revenues. What’s the leadership lesson? How can you, as an honorable leader, engage with your team or organization in an effective way so that poor communication, low productivity, […]
“Underneath the breakdown in civility is the subtle mindset that ‘the ends justify the means.’” – Lee Ellis
The Latest Book Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “Into the Mouth of the Cat” by Malcolm McConnell. Lee is re-reading this important story about his friend and comrade in the POW camps, Lance Sijan, as an important reminder of the endurance and resilience of the human spirit. On the night of November 9, 1967, Sijan […]
In this keynote clip from Lee Ellis, he shares a unique story of balancing getting results vs building relationships as a leader. If you want to be intentional about inspiring and retaining members of your team, you must learn to master this balance. Results vs Relationships balance is key indicator in the Leadership Behavior DNA […]
Fill-in-the-Blank – “The simplest way to lead and show civility and respect to another person is to ________________________.” Please add your answers to the comments section below – thank you!