It is a tiresome and common fact of our world that the noble-minded are plenty, but few of them act in accordance with their sentiments. Thought-leadership does not a leader make. It is your action that will ultimately define your leadership. But not any action: busyness does not a leader make. Discipline distinguishes the action of a leader from the action of a follower.

The result of discipline in leadership is that an organization’s resources have been stewarded well, when they could have been squandered or abused and exploited; that its efforts issue in excellent and superior products or services; and that it has endured where others failed — failed to learn, failed to adapt and, most especially, failed to be faithful to who it is and what it truly has to offer.