I Nature of Discipline The goal of discipline is to produce desirable behavior. It is considered an essential element of work that ensures overall productivity and an orderly environment. Discipline has numerous meanings and uses, but it tends to have negative connotations for many people. In its best context, discipline is considered positive and involves teaching, instruction, training, and remediation. Its purpose is to facilitate corrective action, resulting in self-control that is based on the norms and values of the workforce, producing predictable behavior and organizational efficiency. From this perspective, discipline is a management function.