On Discipline

I had a hard time understanding discipline as a leadership value all my life. It was shown and demonstrated something in the lines of : obey, patience, obedience, aligning, code of behaviour and punishment for disobedience. Then I saw this explanation of discipline by Jim Collins. ( the world famous author of best sellers like ‘Good to great’ and ‘built to last’) Discipline is not the same as regimentation. Discipline is not the same as measurement. Discipline is not the same as hierarchical obedience or adherence to bureaucratic rules. True discipline requires the independence of mind to reject pressures to conform in ways incompatible with values, performance standards, and long term aspirations. That is discipline I can work with.