Monthly Archives: December 2016

FAQ from Lee Ellis on the Value of Creativity

FAQ from Lee Ellis and Leading with Honor –

“Creativity is currently perhaps one of the most admired skills. Do you believe that ‘being inventive’ is an ability that anybody can develop? Why?”

Lee’s Answer –

“Being inventive and creative is crucial to future success for individual and organizational success. In my last book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, I talk about the need for creativity and innovation.

‘Necessity is the mother of invention,’ said Plato. We certainly found that to be true in the bare and deprived conditions of the POW camps. Innovation and creativity were essential for survival. Innovation also is essential for survival in business. In a ‘2010 Global CEO Study’ conducted by IBM, 60 percent of the 1,500+ CEOs interviewed said they believed creativity would be the most important attribute leaders must possess during the years ahead. The study found that most CEOs don’t believe their enterprises are adequately prepared for the twenty-first century business environment, which will be characterized by dynamically shifting global power centers, rapidly transforming industries, exponentially escalating amounts of information, more intrusive government regulation, and dramatically changing customer preferences.

The most successful leaders, the IBM study concludes, will highly value creativity and consistently pursue innovative ideas. They will readily welcome disruptive innovation, drop outdated approaches, take balanced risks, and be willing to totally reinvent themselves and their companies when necessary. With an understanding that this shift needs to happen, any leader can make the conscious decision to embrace creativity and innovation.

I believe we can all be creative in some way if we allow ourselves to think creatively. Still, some people have a natural talent for being creative with ideas—an out of the box type of creativity. They are the ones on the edge, ahead of the rest of us, pushing the limits. Find those people and manage them well and they can make you more successful—though they are not easily managed.”


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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized


Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, December 30, 2016


“Listening must be reciprocal. We all need to listen, but unfortunately we still have a few leaders who are tone deaf.” – Lee Ellis

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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


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The Simple Message That Brought This Middle School Class to Tears

Great inspirational clip about the leadership, honor, and love of a mother. Everyday, mothers balance results and relationships. If you’re a mother or father figure to anyone today, watch and share the power of this role in someone’s life! 

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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Coaching Clip – Watch “The Paradox of Leadership and New Mindsets”

Need a quick leadership tip for the new year? Watch as Lee Ellis shares the important leadership principle of adopting new mindsets and successfully leading in paradoxical settings.

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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Uncategorized


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What is Your New Year’s Tradition? Please Share

Question: Do you have an annual tradition around the New Year’s holiday, personally or professionally?

Tell us about it! Please post your comments here…


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Posted by on December 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Year-End Leadership Confrontation – What Do You Do? Two Points of Wisdom

It’s the last week of the year, and you have the uncomfortable leadership task of confronting someone about an issue. You can’t put it off any longer. Here are 2 quick points of wisdom from Lee – please share your wisdom too:

“I believe that you have to have a mindset that recognizes confrontation as being both the right thing and the kind thing to do—for either unacceptable performance or undesirable behavior. If you’ve followed the Courageous Accountability Model in my latest book shown below, you’ve done your part to help the person succeed as a leader. Remember these two important points:

  1. Confront with Confidence and Humility. Once it’s clear that confrontation is needed, plan your steps and prepare yourself. Take time to think through the issues logically and emotionally. Logically, you get your facts in order so you can speak objectively. Emotionally, think how you would like to be treated in this situation if you were the other person.
  2. Confront with a Positive Mindset. Above all, keep in mind that you can’t go wrong when you operate with a clear plan and a positive mindset of strength and caring.”
Lee Ellis Engage with Honor

The steps on the right side of this model give a clear leadership strategy for creating a culture of positive accountability.

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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Merry Christmas! On this Day in Leadership History for December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas from Lee Ellis and Leading with Honor! On this day in leadership history in 1939, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was read on CBS radio for the first time.

What’s the leadership lesson? Don’t be a Bob Cratchit—lead with a generous heart, will, and attitude!

Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol – Wikipedia

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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Uncategorized


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