Lee Ellis, Founder and President


Lee Ellis is President and founder of Leadership Freedom, a leadership and team development consulting and coaching company, and FreedomStar Media, a publishing company that provides leadership resources and training. His prior experience was as a founding partner and senior vice president of a leadership assessment and human capital management consulting company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more than 15 years he has served as an executive coach and a corporate consultant in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, leadership development, and succession planning. His clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, energy, IT, automotive, military, and not-for-profit sectors.


As the Director of Career/Life Pathways from 1990 – 1998, Lee led the development team that researched, developed, and validated Career Direct®, a vocational assessment package and two personality assessments with software applications. From 1998 – 2008, he was responsible for product development of three more behavioral and work profile assessments as well as the development and Internet deployment of these resources. Most recently, he has developed and released his latest assessment tool, the N8Traits™ Profile. In total, these assessments have been used by more than 200,000 individuals and are the instrument of choice in many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and nationally recognized not-for-profits.


Lee's newest book, Leading with Honor, shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots survive. Lee’s previous book, Leading Talents, Leading Teams, was published by Northfield Publishing and shares in-depth team development concepts based on their innate gifts and talents. Additionally, he co-authored three books on career planning. He is a conference and motivational speaker on the subjects of leadership, team building, mentoring, and career planning. In addition, he has been interviewed as a subject matter expert on several nationally syndicated radio programs.


Lee holds a B.A. degree in History from the University of Georgia and a M.S. degree in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University in Alabama. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee supervised, educated, and trained officers for the last 17 years of his Air Force career. He served as the Vice Commandant of the Squadron Officer School, the Air Force’s leadership school for captains. He completed his Air Force career as Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander of Air Force ROTC at the University of Georgia. More recently he has developed and presented leadership curricula in numerous organizations including Fortune 500 companies.


A native of Commerce, Georgia, Lee graduated from the University of Georgia in 1965 and began a career in the Air Force. During the Vietnam War, Lee’s aircraft was shot down over enemy territory and he became a prisoner of war. He was held in various prisons in the Hanoi area for over five years. After repatriation he returned to flying duties with increasing positions of leadership. His assignments included duty as a pilot, flight instructor, staff officer, chief of flight standardization and evaluation, flying squadron commander, and supervisor in higher education before retiring as a colonel. He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal for his service in Vietnam. In addition, he was awarded four Air Force Commendation Medals and four Meritorious Service Medals for performance excellence.


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

"Lee is a first class individual, whose wisdom and experience make him well-qualified to assist those of us who want to be better leaders.  He has helped me personally and our team, and I know what he shares in this book will only add to our success.  I'm proud to count him as a friend." — David M. Ratcliffe, Former CEO, Southern Company
Lee Ellis, CEO

Lee Ellis, Founder & President

Lee Ellis' latest book, LEADING WITH HONOR - Leadership Lessons Learned from Hanoi Hilton is now available. Learn more at FreedomStarMedia.com