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Self-Discipline | Virtue

Leaders who cultivate the virtue of self-discipline demonstrate the ability to prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and maintain focus on long-term goals. This virtue improves our ability to self-manage, and helps us navigate the opportunities of leadership with commitment and resilience.



An excess of self-discipline can inhibit growth, creativity, and connection, while a lack of it can lead to procrastination, missed deadlines, and failure to complete tasks. Effective leaders strike a balance, cultivating self-discipline as a tool for productivity and growth, while allowing flexibility and adaptability. WWTO leaders harness the power of self-discipline while fostering an environment that nurtures achievement and innovation.


These are some exercises we can use to build discipline:


  • Establish a consistent daily routine that incorporates tasks essential for both personal and athletic/professional growth. Be intentional about including time in your routine to cultivate virtue and service as well as finishing your tasks for the day.

  • Engage in challenging activities that foster resilience and mental toughness, essential for maintaining discipline in the face of adversity.

  • Involve an accountability partner or group to provide external motivation and support in maintaining disciplined habits.


Please contribute to the conversation in the comments below.


  1. What personal experiences have taught you the value of discipline, and how has it impacted your leadership journey?

  2. How do you maintain discipline when faced with competing priorities or unexpected challenges?

  3. What are some innovative strategies you have implemented to cultivate discipline within your team or organization?

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I appreciate being reminded to create time in my routine to be intentional about the cultivation of virtue and service. My to-do list rarely includes this. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

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