Col. Lee Ellis Interview

Founder and President of Leadership Freedom and FreedomStar Media   |

A retired United States Air Force Colonel, award-winning author, speaker, and consultant, Ellis gained notoriety when, as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, he was shot down, captured, and spent 5 ½ years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi and surrounding areas with former Presidential candidate and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and others.

His capture occurred on November 7, 1967, and he was released on March 14, 1973. He was one of the youngest, junior members in the camps. Ellis is an international speaker and consultant on the subjects of leadership and human performance, organizational integrity, operational effectiveness, and personal accountability. He frequently consults with various organizations—from small businesses to Fortune 500 organizations on these subjects.

Ellis’ latest, award-winning book published in May 2012, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive, and return with honor. His previous book, Leading Talents, Leading Teams, was published by Northfield Publishing and shares in-depth team concepts on how to lead and manage based on individual, innate gifts and talents. Additionally, Lee co-authored three books and workbooks on career planning.

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