Standards. Gotta have ’em and what comes with them is accountability from those voluntarily under those standards. The leader has to enforce the standards until such time as ‘self-discipline’ has developed to the point the group/team itself polices its own performance to exceed the standards. Standards are essential to achieve a certain level of skill mastery and individual or group discipline. Basically, standards are those things that make your NPT viable in a SHTF scenario and extend the lives of those in your NPT.
Here’s a quick blurb on standards from, “Extreme Ownership,” and the writer couldn’t be more correct in his summation of improper enforcement of standards.
“…when it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards. Consequences for failing need not be immediately severe, but leaders must ensure that tasks are repeated until the higher expected standard is achieved.” – Leif Babin,
“Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win”, by Jock Willink and Leif Babin
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