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Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton Hardcover – May 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom Star Media (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983879303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983879305
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''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.''
-Publisher's Weekly

''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.

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Lee Ellis is President and Founder of Leadership Freedom® and FreedomStar Media™. For more than fifteen years he has served as an executive coach and a corporate consultant in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, leadership development, and succession planning. His clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in a variety of industries. Since 1990, Lee has managed the development, validation, and internet deployment of several personality and leadership assessments that have been used by more than 200,000 individuals.

Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. After the war he served as an instructor pilot, chief of flight standardization/evaluation, and flying squadron commander. Additionally he commanded two leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel. 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.

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee has authored or co-authored four books on leadership
and career development.

He and his wife Mary reside in Atlanta, GA and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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The book is very well written.
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What a great story and a great way to come away with practical leadership principles you can apply to your own life.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their leadership skills.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 5:23 Mins
November 7, 1967 sent Lee Ellis, an Air Force fighter pilot, on a new adventure he hadn't planned and didn't desire. In a bombing raid over North Vietnam, here's what happened: "Suddenly, an explosion rocked our aircraft. A terrifying sound, like marbles in a blender, alerted me that the metal of our expensive flying machine was ripping apart. The cockpit was still intact, but it was rapidly filling with smoke. The control stick was frozen. . .and we were tumbling end over end through the sky."

Fortunately, Ellis ejected. Unfortunately, North Vietnamese combatants captured him. For five and a half years, he stayed at the now infamous "Hanoi Hilton," the sarcastic name applied to the prison camp that also housed the POW we would come to know as Senator John McCain.

After his release from the service, Lee Ellis started sharing the leadership lessons he had learned for survival. He has become a popular speaker and consultant for leading corporations. Now this gripping book makes his crucible-proven concepts about communication, morale, team building, and motivation available to a larger public.

I invite you to watch my brief video review of Leading with Honor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Trodden, Col, USAF (Ret)) on May 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An extraordinary story of courage, endurance, sacrifice, and survival in the face of unspeakable cruelty and deprivation. More importantly, a timely and sorely needed reminder of how seemingly insurmountable challenges can be overcome when qualities like honor, integrity, character, and sense of duty are valued more than personal gain, focus group surveys, and political expediency. Ought to be required reading in every high school and university and by all who either hold or aspire to public office.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on May 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down. It was amazing to read the stories that so many men endured for our country. They not only survived but persevered to be men of great honor. Mr. Ellis and all so those imprisoned with him are truly heroes. I shared this book with my 17 year old son who is interested in the military. There were so many life lessons that he has to learn along the way and this book identified ways for him to develop those leadership qualities that seem to be missing in so many of our leaders today. Thank you for an incredible book on so many levels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan L. Chase VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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Lee Ellis was imprisoned in the infamous Hanoi Hilton for five and a half years after he ejected from his crippled USAF Phantom jet over Vietnam in 1967. For eighteen months of that long imprisonment, John McCain occupied the cell next door. Like his fellow POW McCain, Lee Ellis has taken what could have been a crippling episode in his life and turned it an an opportunity for reflection, self-awareness and a post-military career of distinction and service to others.

In his new book, "Leading with Honor - Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton," the author digs deep into his soul and his history - both as a prisoner of war and as an executive coach and consultant - to extract lessons that are universally applicable to anyone privileged to lead others. The format is simple and deeply impactful. At the beginning of each chapter, Ellis shares recollections of his time as a prisoner of war, and reflects on leadership lessons he gleaned by examining his own behavior and the behaviors of other brave men with whom he was incarcerated. He then transitions to a section in which he applies that leadership lesson to a "real world" situation - often a business challenge. He cites a variety of examples from the many companies and leaders he has helped in his role as consultant and coach. Finally, he boils down the crucial point of the chapter into what he calls a "Foot Stomper" - a pithy, short paragraph that captures the essence of the leadership principle in question. The result is a compact book on leadership that is both powerful and practical.

The first half of the book deals with helping the reader to lead himself/herself. The second half concentrates on principles of leading others. Chapter 9 - "Develop Your People" - I found to be a particularly inspiring chapter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Baker on July 2, 2012
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Leading With Honor is two outstanding books in one. Not only is it an eye opening page-turner about the life of a prisoner of war - it is also full of invaluable life-lessons. It combines the incredible story of a man who spends more than five years in an unimaginable hell and then returns home to use that experience as a guide to live a life with honor.
Lee Ellis was shot down over North Vietnam in November of 1967 and remained a captive until mid-1972. He, along with his fellow POWs, survived conditions that stagger the imagination, but rather than living the rest of his life consumed by bitterness, Ellis decided to use the lessons he learned in the Hanoi Hilton to make himself a better man.
Each chapter in the book begins with a story from the POW camp and then evolves into a life-lesson designed to teach us how to "lead with honor". Life is not always easy and making honorable decisions can be difficult. Ellis and the rest of the POWs learned this the hard way, but they survived thanks to their mantra...when it's time to go home, return with honor.
Whether you are a corporate executive, a politician, a school teacher or a parent, you will find something useful in every single "lesson". I generally find "self-help" books boring, clichéd and formulaic - but this book stands alone. It is simultaneously riveting and inspirational.
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