The 6 Disciplines

The 6 disciplines

The 6 disciplines of leadership

The 6 disciplines of leadership that any CEO must learn to master are:

  • Strategy
  • P&L responsibility
  • Innovation & technology
  • People & performance
  • Culture & teamwork
  • Self-deployment.

The first three disciplines are ‘cold’ disciplines i.e., they can be mastered by means of analysis and logic, based on facts and figures. The last three disciplines are ‘warm’ in the sense that they relate to human motivation, behaviour, and social interactions.

‘Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm’
– Abraham Lincoln
(President of the United States of America, 1861 – 1865)

‘A tree that is unbending, is easily broken’
– Lao Tzu
(Chinese philosopher and writer, c. 600 BC)

Firm or flexible

In the inner circle are the elements over which a CEO should stand firm. The outer circle on the other hand, contains elements for which flexibility is required. The book elaborates on each of these elements, presenting intuitive frameworks and practical examples illustrating the points.


Steering Wheel