Your ability as a leader to master the 12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence explained in this book can do more to help you rise to the top of your field than perhaps any other single factor.
Self-discipline is the essential quality for success in any endeavor. After 22 years of interviews and research into the 500 richest and most successful men in America, Napoleon Hill concluded that self-discipline was the “Master Key to Riches.” With self-discipline, everything is possible. But without self-discipline, virtually nothing is possible.
The leadership disciplines described in this book are learned qualities that require tremendous determination and persistence to develop and maintain. The good news is that each of these disciplines is learnable with repetition and practice. As Goethe wrote, “Everything is hard before it is easy.”
The development of an essential discipline is hard work and more hard work initially, involving two steps forward and one step back. But once you have developed a particular discipline, it becomes automatic and easier to practice throughout your career.
Self-discipline is the essential quality of character—the ability to withstand the temptation to compromise in any area. It is the true test of the person you have become to this date. Is it worth it? Jim Rohn wrote, “Discipline weighs ounces; regret weighs tons.” Al Thomsick, the teacher and trainer, once wrote that “Success is tons of discipline.”