Lt. General Russel L. Honoré helps organizations develop a culture of preparedness and problem solving with strategies for transforming individuals into take-charge leaders.

As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. A decorated 37-year army veteran and global authority on leadership and emergency preparedness, Gen. Honoré now shares his no-nonsense approach to getting the job done by showing organizations how to successfully lead and execute a mission.

Drawing on his in-the-trenches experience managing conflicts of both the natural and man-made variety, his disciplined leadership takeaways inspire audiences in a range of fields, including business, management, government, military and education. 

Authentic, uplifting and never “stuck on stupid,” Gen. Honoré delivers a bracing dose of candor with real-world leadership lessons that will equip audiences with a mindset of global preparedness and instill confidence in tomorrow’s leaders.


Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina & Global Preparedness Authority

Recent Speech Topics

Resilient Leadership: Prepare Today To Prevail Tomorrow

From global and domestic terrorist threats to natural disasters, we encounter new risks to our individual, community and economic security each day. And while we can’t predict what’s around the corner, we can prepare—because when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, it is strong leadership guided by clarity of purpose and practical tactics for overcoming adversities that drive us to prevail—better prepared and more resilient. Enter Gen. Russel Honoré, who expertly connects his 3+ decades of military leadership—including his crucial role in managing New Orleans’ relief efforts post Hurricane Katrina—to the natural disasters and man-made tragedies dominating global headlines to reveal critical strategies for transforming individuals into leaders and helping organizations and communities effectively prepare, react, rebound and unify.

The New Normal: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century

In this rousing speech, Gen.Honoré shares leadership lessons as well as the benefits of developing a culture of preparedness. The “Category V General” discusses the essential qualities that 21st century leaders need, including “decision superiority,” the ability to “see first, understand first, and act first.” On preparedness, Gen. Honoré believes waiting until disaster hits and then responding is dealing with problems on the “right side” of disaster, and that we should be dealing with the “left side” of disaster — before it strikes. Bold and insightful, Honore’s strategies for making the world a better place to live are sure to motivate audiences to see local, national, and international leadership issues in a new light.

Lt. General Russel Honoré, SAS Global Forum, On Why Effective Leadership Involves Breaking The Rules.

Lt. General Honoré discusses a situation from the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts to illustrate how important it is for leaders to recognize and convey when certain rules hinder objectives and need to be broken.


‘Houston, we have a problem’!

America, we have several problems! And it’s way past time that we try some new and different ways to solve them. Because the old ways aren’t working so well. For instance, we have… • The highest rate of gun violence in the world.• A splintered and scattered educational system.• Out-of-control healthcare costs that could bankrupt most of us.• A “cradle-to-prison pipeline” that pre-destines many of our children to a life behind bars.• Crumbling infrastructure that threatens our national security. The good news is, we can solve these problems –if we don’t get stuck on stupid! This book offers fresh, imaginative solutions –from the mind of one of the most respected leaders of our time.

Russel L. Honoré / Books

Don’t Get Stuck on Stupid!: Leadership in Action

A brilliant, powerful book from one of the most respected retired military leaders of our time, General Russel Honoré. Recognized as a national hero after spearheading the post-Hurricane Katrina search-and-rescue mission in New Orleans in 2005, Honoré offers effective solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Leadership In The New Normal

This book is a short course designed to help you become a more effective leader in your field. It describes modern leadership principles and techniques and illustrates them with stories from the author s vast life experiences. Leadership in the New Normal is intended for leaders and aspiring leaders in the fields of business, management, government, military, education, and other worthwhile forms of human endeavor.

Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters

In this riveting call to action by one of the leaders who managed the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, General Russel Honoré— famously called the “John Wayne Dude” by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin— encourages Americans to adopt a culture of disaster preparedness.

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