Authors and Contributors


Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leading with Honor® and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership coach, and expert speaker in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. Some of his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

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 six books on leadership and career development. Lee’s book entitled Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has 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. His latest books are entitled Leadership Behavior DNA®: Discovering Natural Talents and Managing Differences and Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability. 

In 2014, Lee was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was a DAR Medal of Honor Recipient for a lifetime of patriotic service as a military officer and spokesman for leading with honor.

Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Greg Godek is a #1 bestselling author, ghostwriter, editor and publisher.

As an author he sold three million copies of his first book, and another million of its 12 sequels.

As a ghostwriter he has written fiction and non-fiction, business books and self-help books.

As an editor he has worked with Big Shot executives and struggling entrepreneurs.

As a publisher he founded Casablanca Press, which dominated the romantic-relationship book category for the decade of the 1990s.

He has spoken on writing, publishing and marketing to the American Booksellers Association, the Publishers Marketing Association, the National Speakers Association, and the La Jolla Writers Conference.

Greg learned to write with elegance and power as an English major (Allegheny College); he learned how to write copy that moves people to action as a 10-year advertising executive (Young & Rubicam); and he learned how to write bestselling books all by himself (1001 Ways to be Romantic).

His key talent as an author is connecting content with style; his key talent as a ghostwriter is capturing another person’s unique “voice”; his key talent as an editor is the ability to work simultaneously at both the micro/writing level and the macro/content level; and his talent as a publisher is knowing how to sell lots and lots and lots (and lots) of books. (“Greg’s real talent is creativity. He’s simply astounding,” says his consulting client Dave Balch, author of Cancer for Two.)

After many years (well, decades) Greg is finally following his muse, who long whispered to him, “Just write.” He now writes, on average, per year: Three books for clients, one book for his wife, and two books for himself. He works exclusively with high performers who have something to say.


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