- Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and AT&T International, Foreword author for Engage with Honor
''The importance of culture is indisputable, whether it's an organization seeking to thrive or a group of POWs trying to survive. In Engage with Honor, Lee Ellis shows that a culture of accountability is a necessity for growth and success. Accountability is not about blame, but it's an opportunity to learn what went wrong and get back on track. Ellis demonstrates that this difference comes from having the character and courage to do the right thing. A must read for all leaders.''
- Dr. J. Phillip London, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board - CACI International Inc
''I believe our country is at one of the most crucial periods in our entire history. Although there are a few examples of great leadership, there are way too many examples where one or more of the primary ingredients that Lee stresses in this book. . .honor, integrity, and accountability - all driven with the courage to do the right thing - are lacking or missing altogether. Lee's book represents an important 'instruction manual' for righting the ship.''
- Bob Littell, Chief NetWeaver - NetWeaving International, The Enrichment Co.
''The latest book by Lee Ellis titled Engage With Honor tackles one of the most important challenges that we face in life and business accountability. Few people succeed without learning and leveraging the power of accountability to keep them focused and moving toward the goal. Lee mixes his wisdom on the topic with his life experiences in the armed forces and as a POW. The secret to success is to build a culture of accountability, in our personal lives and families, but more importantly in the relationships we have in every area of life. He paints a clear picture of courageous accountability based on character, culture and commitment. This book can change your life and your leadership at home and in the marketplace.''
- Arlin Sorenson, CEO and Founder of Heartland Companies
''To be effective in living and serving others with honor you must be able to keep your commitments. This requires a high degree of being prepared to be accountable and everyday taking the right actions. Lee Ellis provides you with the most robust how-to framework and skills required for keeping yourself and others on track to perform at the highest level.''
- Hugh Massie, President and Founder - DNA Behavior International
''In his book Engage with Honor, Lee provides valuable lessons in leadership learned from the world's toughest 'leadership lab', The Hanoi Hilton. His models and guidelines totally encompasses the word integrity in each example which is essential to a good and courageous leader. Another great read by my old friend.''
--Gene Smith, Former Vietnam POW; Past National President and Chairman of the Board, Air Force Association
''Just like a diamond is known for the 4 C's, honorable leaders are also known for the four C's presented here brilliantly by author Lee Ellis. In this book you will find stories that engage you, insights that transform you, and practical advice you can put in your pocket (or purse) for everyday living. Read it, and find new depth in your own levels of growth.''
- Laurie Beth Jones, author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Jesus, Life Coach
''Lee Ellis has a powerful story, is a outstanding author, and drives home the message of courageous accountability in a compelling way. Lee aptly observes, and I agree, that ''Accountability is crucial to success'' and that ''Wise people welcome the guardrails that accountability provides to keep them on track and avoid going over the cliff.'' I would add: Wise ministries also welcome the guardrails. You will want to give this book to your leadership team to positively impact your organization!''
- Dan Busby, President - ECFA
''Engage with Honor is a winner all around! Lee Ellis has surpassed his last book, Leading with Honor, which I thoroughly treasured and quoted often in my own writings. Engage with Honor centers on what is lacking in leadership and organizations today - building a culture of accountability. Accountability is a dimension of leadership that seems to have been lost and it is heartening to see it featured in this book. The principle of engaging with honor and his practical ideas on ''how to do it'' should be required reading for all managers, leaders, and those who aspire to be.''
- Archie B. Carroll, PhD, Professor of Management Emeritus - Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
''Once again, Lee has integrated his very personal life experiences as a Vietnam POW to provide very pertinent and valuable leadership lessons applicable for any leader!! I couldn't have anticipated the significant lessons embedded in the Courageous Accountability Model. Throughout the entire book, the lessons shared served as not only a refresher but a graduate level course in leadership as well.''
- Carol H. Burrell, President and CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System
''I can't think of a better person to write about engaging with honor than Lee Ellis. The lessons he learned in 'courageous accountability,' as a combat pilot and POW in Vietnam, permeate this rich and rewarding book. Lee takes his wartime experiences and relates them to what leaders need to do today to powerfully engage those they lead with both honor and accountability. Every leader on every level needs to read this book to engage a culture where honor is lacking and needed more than ever before.''
- Dick Bruso, Founder of Heard Above The Noise
''[In Engage with Honor], you have taken a challenging time in your life [as a POW] and extracted the very best lessons from it that continue to build layers upon layers to offer greater perspective on our life's full journey. As we all know, it is the challenges in life that most define us. This book gives you a very practical look at how to rise above, embrace, and take ownership of them.''
--Janine Sijan Rozina, Sister of Vietnam POW Lance Sijan and Founder of Team Sijan
About the Author
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. For his wartime service, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal. Lee resumed his Air Force career, serving in leadership roles of increasing responsibility including command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.
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. He has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. His last book, Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton received multiple awards since its release including Winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List.
Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.