Monthly Archives: June 2016

This is the best definition of servant leadership that I’ve ever heard – See Inside

This is the best definition of servant leadership that I’ve ever heard—be inspired today! Commander James Stockdale USN, one of my senior leaders in the prison camps of Vietnam, practiced “servant leadership,” the belief that leaders should prioritize the needs of followers, long before it was popularized in business circles.

He wrote in Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot (Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1995): “A leader must remember he is responsible for his charges. He must tend his flock, not only cracking the whip but ‘washing their feet’ when they are in need of help.” The approach frees the flock to look out for each other and the greater good.

In a 1981 address to the graduating class of John Carroll University, Stockdale encapsulated his POW leadership: “From this eight-year experience, I distilled one all-purpose idea. . . . it is a simple idea . . . an idea that naturally and spontaneously comes to men under pressure. . . . You are your brother’s keeper.”

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This is an excerpt from Lee’s September 2016 release entitled Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous AccountabilityLearn More


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Posted by on June 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


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My Celebration of Freedom in 90 Seconds

As we approach Independence Day this year, I always reflect on the freedom that we enjoy as Americans. In particular, I remember my personal moment of freedom more than 40 years ago from the prison camps of Vietnam—here’s a 90-second silent clip.

I encourage you to do your part to help preserve freedom for you, your family, and your neighbors – thank you 

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Uncategorized


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A Frequently Asked Leadership Question from Lee Ellis – See Inside

A Frequently Asked Leadership Question from Lee Ellis – “Why has accountability become synonymous with intolerance? And how do people develop accountability the right way?”

Answer: “Accountability is best developed in an environment where it is demonstrated by the leaders and then regularly emphasized that it’s the expected way of operating. Ideally this starts at home and school where parents and significant others demonstrate by their day-to-day behaviors that they are accountable.

Also, it’s reinforced when people have clear defined responsibilities with clear expectations and then immediate accountability with consequences when those expectations are not fulfilled. When people don’t deliver on their promises, do their duty, fulfill expectations and consequences follow, they learn how the world works. Without accountability and consequences, bad lessons are interpreted that you can underperform, ignore your responsibilities and promises and nothing negative will happen—you can get off the hook. In the end, this does not serve anyone well.

Accountability comes sooner or later, even if it takes a generation or two. My concern is that our in-attention to accountability is already having consequences in our culture and it will likely become worse in the days ahead unless a majority of people take a stand. What does it mean that football coaches turn their heads to sexual abuse, when people attack speakers in a country that is supposed to have free speech, and now even politicians and journalist are saying that violence against people of the other party is justified? What does it mean when laws are not enforced against certain groups of people and then are used to punish other groups?

It appears that our current culture of tolerance and ‘being nice’ has been interpreted that there is no accountability. Also, over-protection of our young people, never letting them fail and bailing them out when they don’t meet their responsibilities seems to have taught them a very negative lesson about accountability and life.”

We’d love to hear your comments and insights–please share them below. 

Watch the Trailer for Lee’s Upcoming Release, Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability

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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Debuting the New Trailer for Engage with Honor – See Inside

Debuting the new Trailer for Lee Ellis’ upcoming release, Engage with Honor – please watch and share!

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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


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On This Day in Leadership History for June 26, 2016

On this day in leadership history in 1979, Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion. Ali spent the next 37 years later continuing to enjoy his family, post-boxing career in several areas, and faced his Parkinson’s Disease battle head on. What’s the leadership lesson? Slowing down or retiring does not mean stopping all activity and influence. Continue your purpose and use the knowledge and experience that you’ve gained to serve others!

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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, June 24, 2016

“When the people you count on fail to follow through and deliver on expectations, there’s only one thing to do—apply the third and final principle, the Accountability Truth. True accountability begins by looking at yourself, by holding yourself accountable. The truth is, when things go wrong, there is usually something wrong with what ‘I’ am doing. When you embrace this principle, you harness future outcomes and strengthen your ability to hold others accountable.” – from The Oz Principle

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Posted by on June 24, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Endorsements Arriving for Engage with Honor

att logoWe’re so grateful for new endorsements coming in for Lee’s upcoming September 2016 release entitled “Engage with Honor” – here’s one from the book’s Foreword by Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and AT&T International –

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lee in his civilian life as a leadership consultant and have admired the way he uses those experiences to help executives develop their own leadership models. He and I share a passion for doing business the honorable way and for developing leaders who will embody the character and the values that will help lead their organizations with the highest integrity…in this new book, Lee expands the concept of honor in leadership and introduces the model to build a culture of Courageous Accountability…”

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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Uncategorized


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