#184 – Whether You Want To or Not

The topic of discipline has been on my mind recently, and a quick excursion through a couple of dictionaries taught me that the meaning I had in mind is one of the minor definitions. However, adding the prefix “self” makes it much more explicit. Thus, self-discipline is the leadership topic for today.

Food for Thought ~

In my experience, self-discipline is an essential and integral part of being a good leader. Why? Because leadership involves evaluating situations and making decisions, from minor to momentous, that involve a mosaic of people, values, issues and circumstances. The complexity of considerations can be daunting, reminding me of one of my favorite axioms ~ “Leadership is not for the faint of heart.” That’s why having the character, training, and strength to do the “best” thing in any situation requires self-discipline. Again, why? Because as a leader you will frequently be in the position of doing what needs to be done, whether you want to or not. And so it is.

Question for the day ~

Have you developed the skill of self-discipline as part of your leadership tool kit? Is there room for improvement? If so, do you have a plan for improvement?

A Recommendation ~

If you find yourself faltering, or possibly the opposite, being impulsive and precipitous, you may wish to find an opportunity to develop your self-discipline. Try one of the martial arts, athletics, musical training, etc. Any type of training that requires continuous learning and practice, practice, practice is a great foundation for self-discipline. You’ll be glad you did.