What level of discipline should I demand? As the leader of a team, the answer is pretty simple. A leader should never demand more discipline than they are personally able to maintain. This truth works itself out pretty well in application. Leaders that demand more than they model don’t gain any respect and therefore create an ineffective culture. Those that demand less than they personally maintain don’t respect their team enough to challenge them. The team can sniff this out pretty quick and therefore the culture is also ineffective. Leaders that model solid discipline never worry about a line because they live under the same conditions that they demand. They know how much is too much and how much is not enough. Nothing inspires more than a leader that publicly challenges himself with high standards and clearly expects the same from the rest of the team.