Leading with Honor
IN THIS SUMMARY
Leading with Honor is comprised of a personal narrative which provides details on the experiences of Lee Ellis as a prisoner of war (POW) for more than five years during the Vietnam War, as well as the experiences of other POWs. This narrative serves as the basis for fourteen leadership lessons distilled from those experiences since his return to the United States, as well as from his work as a leadership consultant and coach. Each chapter begins with a section of the POW narrative, and describes how the lesson learned can be applied to modern business and organizational leadership. The leadership principles suggested by Ellis are founded on these specific and sometimes traumatic experiences, and for each hardship endured in the cruelty of prison camp Ellis learned lessons about internal changes he needed to make to become a better leader, as well as ways that honorable leaders set examples for others and foster their development. Ellis makes a strong case that personal hardship can be a “crucible” that forges “wisdom and maturity” if approached correctly.