Feelings and emotions.
Everything big starts little and a bigger house requires a stronger and well-planned foundation.
In my previous post on leadership and discipline, I made us understand that discipline is choosing to do what right at all times even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Today, we will be discussing Self-discipline and its impact on leadership.
What is Self-discipline?
Collins dictionary: Self-discipline is the disciplining or controlling of oneself or one’s desires, actions, habits, etc.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:
The ability, to make yourself do the things you know you ought to do, without someone making you do them.
Self-discipline goes with, patience, perseverance, endurance, forbearance, etc. These tools will aid one in becoming a great leader.
Take a cue from this;
You can receive something without discipline but you cannot maintain it without discipline. You and I can attend Church, the Mosque, or attend Leadership and Business/entrepreneurial seminars all days and yet without self-discipline, it is useless. You can fast and pray all day unless you are discipline, you are wasting your time. This is because the foundation is faulty.
A wise man once said nothing good happens without discipline. Discipline determines your future. For instance, you feel like jumping you jump, you feel like running you run and you feel like eating you eat. What a useless life! When you discipline yourself, you do not need an external force to do what is right.
The self-discipline we are talking about has to do with our inner man, heart, and mind. Self-discipline has to do with self-control in attitudes and behaviors, which oftentimes
paint a public picture of our inner selves. A disciplined person focuses on achieving goals and dreams without a change of mind, thus stability.
That you carry yourself about in a nice dress does not mean you are disciplined. The discipline we are emphasizing about has to do with what you do when no one is watching or in your closet. One factor that oftentimes affects our leadership abilities when it comes to discipline, is feelings and emotions. Common sense tells us that some decisions are more important than others are. Many leaders are constantly making decisions, some trivial, some fundamental and others, life-changing. The question is the decisions we are making each day is it life-changing or a regrettable one?
When decisions are life-changing positively; it results in productivity, goodwill, and public acceptance but when decisions result in negative outcomes it leads to moral degradation and hinders progress in attitudes and behavior at the workplace, school, and even in the Church or Mosque.
Feelings and emotions play a major role in substantiating the impact of a leader on his followers. A leader who is result driven will not compromise quality for substandard when it comes to the expected output. Proverbs 16: 25 Says: There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end, it leads to death. This simply means what seems ” right” is not right and so when we make decisions based on feelings and emotions, for example, he/she is my relative, family, party member, or compatriot it means that it is out of sentiment, not factual or result-oriented.
For instance, you are in a position as a finance officer in a multinational company and the company needed brilliant and smart service personnel whom the company will train and retain for employment. Knowing this full well, as a finance officer you did everything to make sure your son or daughter gets recruited as service personnel at the expense of a very qualified one who was disqualified due to bias set up by you. At this point as a finance officer, you did not put the interest of the company as a priority, the very source of your livelihood.
It is a fact that when something is right and constructive you will know. If we are proactive and futuristic by considering the pros and cons of every decision, the element of feelings and emotions will be examined and only play a minor role.
Refusal to pay attention to details is giving place to the devil, which is dangerous because it may end up eating the very root of our success. As a leader, paying attention to little things makes you achieve and maintain unique results.
Discipline is a necessity and there must not be any iota of compromise to feelings and emotions when leading yourself and eventually others.