Becoming a disciplined leader takes hard work. You can see that through the previous articles in The Disciplined Leaders series.
You have to work hard to become disciplined. But the payoff is well worth the effort.
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Something amazing happens when you become a disciplined leader. You become a leader worth following.
The disciplined leader has shown he is worthy to be followed. Because he can follow.
There’s also another reason you want to become a disciplined leader. As you become disciplined, you learn truths. You discover things about yourself you never knew before.
Why You Want To Become A Disciplined Leader
You begin to discover:
1. You don’t have to listen to your feelings
Your feelings can get you into trouble if you listen to them and give in to every whim you have. Your feelings will tell you that you’re hurt or angry or can’t go on. Those feelings are a lie. Read more...
Healthy leaders are disciplined leaders. They know they have to take their thoughts captive and break their will. To be truly disciplined is to be broken but whole.
At first glance, this doesn’t make sense. How can someone be broken yet whole?
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The healthy and disciplined leader realizes he’s already broken. In this brokenness, he can be whole if he allows himself to be.
Through the brokenness, the healthy leader realizes he must become more disciplined. By bringing his mind, heart, soul, and body to discipline, he is able to begin to mend the brokenness of his humanity.
The Disciplines Of A Healthy Leader
While you may know you’re broken, you may not know what disciplines you need to undertake to begin the healing process. These disciplines will break you more but they will also heal you faster than you could imagine. Read more...
Becoming a disciplined leader is not for the faint of heart. A disciplined leader knows being disciplined is a choice. He also knows being disciplined is more than a choice.
Leaders who are truly disciplined in their thoughts, actions, and life go the next step. These disciplined leaders know to be truly disciplined they have to control their focus.
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Disciplined leaders get out of the mindset trap of jumping from shiny object to shiny object to squirrel! Instead, they’ve narrowed their focus to a fine point.
This means these leaders don’t let their minds wander when they need to be focused on a specific task. They hone in on the task and get it done.
But how do they stay focused? What does focus look like? Let’s take a look at what it takes to be focused. Read more...
When you think of becoming a disciplined leader, what do you think about? Do you think about the effort and energy it takes to become disciplined? Do you think about changing your thoughts and actions? Or do you think about changing your choices to become a disciplined leader?
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The reality of discipline is that it does take energy and effort. To be disciplined means you will have to think more and do things differently.
Discipline also takes change. You can’t keep doing the same things you had done in the past. Those were undisciplined actions. You want to become disciplined.
To become a disciplined leader, you have to begin changing the choices you make. Being a disciplined leader is a choice. A constant choice.
Being A Disciplined Leader Is A Choice
Boiling everything down, you see that a disciplined leader knows how to make wise choices. They know how to make choices they don’t want to make. Read more...
To some, the word discipline is a dirty word. It’s a word they hate to hear and hate to use.
After all, discipline doesn’t sound sexy. The word connotes a dying to self. A falling in line. A giving up of oneself.
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And it does. But that’s not bad.
Discipline is a needed trait as a leader. Getting to become a disciplined leader is a good thing.
The Power In Becoming A Disciplined Leader
There is much benefit that can come from becoming a disciplined leader. While you may not be able to see the benefits at first, you will be able to see them after becoming disciplined (or after reading this, haha).
By strengthening your self-control, establishing your mind, and becoming disciplined, you will: Read more...