The key to leadership is the ability to unlock the discretionary effort of your team members. Discretionary effort is defined as the difference in effort (performance, attitude, behavior, productivity) between what they are required to provide and what they are able to provide.

The paycheck that is provided to a team member provides the lowest minimum level of performance required to keep their job. The skills of their leader determines the level of discretionary that is unlocked for each team member.

The more you grow as a leader, the more your team grows. Every new skill learned, embraced, and applied takes us one step closer to success. 


Katie Sparks is the owner of SEE, Inc. Online Leadership Training. SEE Inc, works to ensure that online learning is affordable, effective and can be completed at your own pace. Learn skills from effective communication, leadership essentials, effective decision making, empowering team members, employee engagement, and more.