''Rarely can a leadership book--usually stark and cold in tone, written with business school savvy--be called moving, but former Air Force pilot and leadership consultant Ellis culls lessons from his experiences as a POW in the infamous Hoa Loa Prison (the ''Hanoi Hilton'') in North Vietnam and juxtaposes them with suggested strategies. Though many of the leadership lessons are interpersonal, dominant among them is the idea of self-reflection and showing leadership as a quality of character. Much more than a leadership text, Ellis offers an inspiring story that will engage readers.''
''In Leading with Honor, Lee Ellis shows us that the principles of leadership he experienced during some of the most difficult situations as a POW are applicable to leaders everywhere. Lee s candid narrative is compelling, giving us an appreciation for the importance of leading with honor and courage, even in the face of the most difficult adversity.''
--Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, Author of Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and Life
''In Leading with Honor, Lee uses gripping stories from the POW camps to engage the reader and teach invaluable principles of leadership. I highly recommend this book for developing leaders at all levels in any organization, military of civilian.''
--William R. Looney III, General USAF (Ret)
''In the crowded world of books on leadership, Lee Ellis's unique contribution, Leading with Honor, rises well above the standard fare on this topic. His book is so authentic in that he has personally experienced most of the lessons he promotes. In short, he's ''been there, done that'' in terms of ''knowing himself'' and ''knowing others.'' The book strongly provides keen insights on the subject and he persuasively integrates leadership with such vital values concepts such as conscience, trust, principles and honor -- topics too often lost today. This book far exceeds anything I've seen and it's story telling style woven into strong, practical wisdom makes it hard to put down. I enthusiastically commend Leading with Honor to leaders seeking to synchronize their personal styles with the challenges of managing diverse people and tasks.''
--Archie B. Carroll, Director, Nonprofit Management & Community Service Program and Professor of Management Emeritus, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
''Lee has captured many powerful lessons through his many years of experience in this gripping read. He has used those lessons with us as our team has evolved over the past several years. His leadership and facilitation have helped us to grow as a leaders individually as well as become a strong team.''
--Carol Burrell, President and CEO, Northeast Georgia Health Systems
''Leading with Honor is an introspective read offering character and leadership parallels from prisoner of war (POW) camps to today's challenging business environment. Lee does a thought provoking, masterful job sharing his personal experiences in captivity and integrating those into principles for leadership success. This book is a must read, authored by a unique individual who continues to give back to those he so courageously served and protected - the leaders of today and tomorrow.''
----Ed Day, President and CEO, Mississippi Power Company
''As I read Leading with Honor, I thought,' Imagine if ALL the leaders of our country--from the President, to the members of Congress, to our state government leaders were elected based upon their commitment to the standards and leadership qualities that Lee describes as hallmarks and guideposts for leading with honor'. How quickly the United States could re-assert its reputation not only as the envy of the world as a leading industrial nation, but as t --ForeWord Reviews
''As I read Leading with Honor, I thought,' Imagine if ALL the leaders of our country--from the President, to the members of Congress, to our state government leaders were elected based upon their commitment to the standards and leadership qualities that Lee describes as hallmarks and guideposts for leading with honor'. How quickly the United States could re-assert its reputation not only as the envy of the world as a leading industrial nation, but as the brightest beacon of light and hope and honor on the planet.''
- Bob Littell, Chief NetWeaver, NetWeaving.com
''True leadership is that which surfaces when one is tested in the most severe of arenas. The leadership lessons Lee Ellis imparts in this compelling work come from just such an arena. Those lessons do much to inform all of us who lead in these challenging times.''
--John R. Lough, EdD, Manager, Professional Development Programs, The BB&T Banking School, BB&T University
''Imagine yourself in the most hostile environment possible, experiencing constant deprivation and even torture for not just a day, but for years. How is it that certain people in times of such crises never waver or falter, but instead exhibit remarkable endurance and faithfulness in accomplishing one's mission? The answer is leadership that respects, dignifies, and serves others; leadership that stirs souls, heals hearts, touches lives. In these pages, Lee Ellis shares extraordinary stories of courage, resiliency, honor, and humility from which we can learn about such transformative leadership and apply these insights to today's workplace.''
- Michael Montelongo, SVP & Chief Administrative Officer, On-site Service Solutions, Sodexo North America
''WOW! Col (ret) Lee Ellis has given us a true gift - real solutions to today's leadership issues against a backdrop of real human survival in Prisoner of War status. This wonderful book is a must read for all who aspire to any leadership job! An absolute 'page turner' and tribute to our warriors of a by-gone era, with lessons for today.''
- Lt Gen William Lord, USAF
''Leading with Honor combines a gripping personal narrative with analysis of the events described [during his POW experience] and lessons that can be applied by leaders in a variety of organizations.'' --- Business Book Summaries (bizsum.com/summaries/leading-honor)
''Ellis carefully weaves the story of himself and his fellow POWs throughout the book while relating their experiences directly to leadership lessons. He has a rare ability to cast a positive light on what he and his colleagues endured, turning it into fodder for an exceptionally well-constructed and well-written book. The reader is sure to learn about leadership from an entirely new perspective.''
--- ForeWord Reviews
About the Author
Lee Ellis is founder and president of Leadership Freedom® LLC, a leadership and team development consulting and coaching company, where he has consulted small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, human performance, and succession planning. As a frequent media guest, his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, C-Span, ABC World News, and Fox News Channel. His interest in leadership development was piqued early in his career during his five-year experience as a Vietnam POW. Lee's combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal.