DISCIPLINE (needed by the leader)

Training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness, and efficiency (Webster)

Discipline quote:

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”
— Aristotle

Self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency ideas to consider for a leader:

Establishes priorities daily, weekly, monthly (priorities change as situations change, just like goals can change. Goals and priorities need to be reviewed on a regular basis, and updated/changed as needed).

Be respectful of others time by starting and ending meetings on time (habitually late folks will get it, or miss out, but don’t penalize those the arrive on time ready to go to work).

Set meeting agendas.

Does not talk down to others (I had one boss who enjoyed doing this to the detriment of developing a dedicated workforce).

Stays focused on tasks, goals, and responsibilities.

Write effective job descriptions so employees know what their role is in the organization.

Coach, support, encourage, praise others whether they are direct reports or not. Most employees don’t receive enough praise and encouragement, and sadly some do not receive any.

Speak truth. In the long run it pays off, and increases respect for the leader.

Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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