comes as the third principle of Management in the list of Henri Fayol. Let us
see now what are the facts associated with Discipline.
For any institution to function normally
properly it requires discipline from those associated with it. The goal of the
institution cannot be reached without discipline. The goal of an institution is
the common focus of the institution; therefore, all must work to achieve the
goal which means the common effort of all the people concerned must be the
prime factor. To achieve this common effort, a framework of discipline is
In essence, discipline implies accepting
and genuinely obeying certain principles, some regulations which aim at common
good. And this set up of regulations which constitute the basics of discipline
differ from institution to institution. For example, the discipline in a
military organization has to be different in nature from discipline in any
other institutions. Discipline in an
industry must be different from discipline in an educational institution. There must be discipline in a family too; otherwise,
the family cannot be managed smoothly to the benefits of all. Without discipline, nothing productive
happens. There is discipline in nature as well.
The endless sequence of day and night, the cyclic movements of seasons
and many more on such lines only firmly underscore the importance of discipline
in the universal existence of all living things. And a business organization
also is a living thing essentially; not
just in terms of the fact that it has living people managing it all round , but
in the sense that an organization to sustain itself must be vibrant and dynamic
and it should never become static. So, everywhere, there is discipline; and the
backbone of any framework of discipline is conformity through implicit
obedience to the contextual regulations which are thoughtfully conceived for
When you are in an institution which
expects conformity to its discipline, the intelligent way will be to
voluntarily accept conformity. If the
discipline of the institution does not appeal to you, you have two approaches
to it: either you do not join the institution or, having joined, remain loyal
to it so long you have to be there. A
forced conformity breeds conflict in the individual as well as in the
organization and conflict is anything but unproductive. So, the first attribute of discipline is conformity
to the discipline of the institution.
Some more points are there for discussion with regard to discipline and
we will take them up in our next session.
to feel how disciplined you are where you are.