Former Vietnam POW speaks on leadership in Savannah

Published: Jun. 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Retired Air Force Colonel Lee Ellis travels the world talking to people about leadership, one of his many stops was in Savannah on Monday, June 23rd.

Colonel Ellis was captured at the young age of 24 after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam war causing him to get captured by enemy forces resulting in him spending 5 years imprisoned in camps one of them being the Hanoi Hilton.

During his time as a prisoner of war Colonel Ellis said he learned multiple lessons on leadership which he has detailed in his book "Leading with Honor".

Colonel Ellis said, "The book tells the story of what great leadership we had and what a difference it made it our lives and helped us to come home, returning with honor. I outlined 14 lessons that I brought home in the book."

John McCain was shot down and captured 11 days before Ellis and he is mentioned in the book because of their commonality as prisoners at Hanoi Hilton and multiple other prisoner camps.

Colonel Ellis said, "The book provides you with not only leadership lessons but life lessons."

Ellis says courage is what makes a great leader, "You can't have good character and live and lead with honor if you don't have courage because fear will take you out."

These are the messages Colonel Ellis works to spread all over the country and even overseas.

To purchase Colonel Lee Ellis' book "Leading with Honor" click here.