If youâ€™re not spilling your guts, donâ€™t expect your team or your staff or your kids or anyone youâ€™re leading to do what you want them to. All the motivational quotes, posters, DVDs, t-shirts wonâ€™t work out if you create a culture of losing through laziness and lethargy. Donâ€™t complain when they donâ€™t train if you donâ€™t train.
Where you end up in the standings is evidence of what you tolerate and what you donâ€™t. If youâ€™re business, career, or team is stuck in last place, investigate what you tolerate. Do inventory on your pain tolerance. If youâ€™re putting up with half-assed mediocrity, raise the bar.
If you wait for others to live up to your lofty expectations on their own, youâ€™re not dealing with reality and you will be sadly let down, all the way to last place. The average definition of work ethic is a joke. If you want to call yourself a true leader, define true work ethic, teach it, show it, repeat it. If you havenâ€™t got what it takes to be a leader, give up the title.