Lee Ellis was a POW in Vietnam. I’ve read a lot about the Vietnam war, the POWs, and the whole era. I’m not particularly sure why I’ve had an enduring interest in this conflict, but there it is. I first read of Lee Ellis (and other POWs) in Jeremiah Denton’s book, When Hell Was In Session when I was about 16 years old. I’ve more or less followed what happened to those men over the years since.
This morning, Klout flagged up a nice tidbit from Lee Ellis’ book, Leading With Honor and I was reminded of these heroes once more.
Read the book. If anyone knows about leadership, it’s someone like Lee Ellis. If you can lead effectively in a place like the Hanoi Hilton, you can pretty much lead anyone, anywhere. Transferring those leadership principles from a filthy prison in Vietnam to the business of today seems like a great idea to me.