“Good teams are committed to the team mission and to each other personally. Good leaders inspire and build this commitment and trust.” – Lee Ellis

The Leading with Honor® Group Training Program


Training Overview

In Lee Ellis’ award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, he shares the life-transforming stories that he and his comrades experienced in the prison camps of Vietnam and leadership lessons that he learned.

Now, use these powerful stories and leadership lessons as a group training program. The guiding principles that he has learned--the importance of knowing yourself, guarding your character, the over-communicating in a hostile culture, balancing the importance of the mission while nurturing the people around you, treasuring your trials and celebrating your successes, exploiting creativity to overcome obstacles, and more—have been invaluable in his personal career and the clients that he has served.

Past feedback is that Leading with Honor

  • - generates a buzz within a group or organization and Lee’s POW stories resonate with groups.
  • - creates more engagement than the typical leadership training event.
  • - has a better retention rate allowing the principles to be used in day-to-day work.

This training program is a holistic experience and contains everything you need to use Leading with Honor as a training program in your team or organization.

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Training Resources


Survey Link - We Want Your Feedback

After completing your training program, please take a moment and give us some feedback on this group training, your selected meeting format, and more. We sincerely appreciate your input in helping us continually improve our training program experience.

Click here to take this quick survey (you will be re-directed to a new web page). 


Support Links and Materials


Link (Session 1) - The Leading with Honor Assessment

Link (Session 4) - The Courage Challenge Campaign

Link - Courage Challenge Pocket Cards

Link - Leading with Honor Reminder Cards

PowerPoint Presentation

As a courtesy to group training leaders, we've created a PowerPoint presentation that you can use to visually present Leading with Honor. Click the link above to download.

Adams and Jefferson Comparison

In Session 1, the "Adams and Jefferson" article is mentioned as part of the Optional Activity. Click the link above to download.

Video Clips

Below are links to some video clips from one of Lee's past speeches. Feel free to use them as optional content for your training session.

Link - Session 1 - Know Yourself (4 minutes)

Link - Session 5 - Fight to Win (4 minutes)

Link - Session 6 - Bounce Back and Be Resilient (2.5 minutes)

Link - Session 7 - Clarify and Build Your Culture (4 minutes)

Link - Session 8 - Over-Communicate the Message (4.5 minutes)

Link - Session 9 - Develop Your People (1.5 minutes)

Link - Session 12 - Exploit Creativity (2 minutes)

Link - Session 14 - Free the Captives (3.5 minutes)

Leading with Honor Introduction

*While the training program is flexible for any group size, most of the group discussion and activities are recommended for small groups of 4-6 people. Please ensure that you have enough leader guides for your small group leaders.