“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
History of Walt Disney
What was the person involved in that made him a leader?
What actions did the individual take to show leadership?
Walt Disney was always open to accepting other's ideas because he understood, that wherever he reached, he would never have been able to without his employees. After being very successful, he never failed to give recognition to all the individuals behind his success. This is one of the very important traits needed in leadership and Walt Disney certainly possessed that.
He faced a lot of discouragement while in the route to success and this did not stop him from exploring his curiosities or pursuing his dreams which was very effective for him because the park has been a huge success, even today. Walt Disney paid a lot of attention to details, like he personally coached his employees to new levels of enthusiasm and assured that the park visitors entered a new world. The attention to detail in his vision for the park played a large role in its success.
2. Lead from the back - let other believe they are in front: Walt was the kind of person who let others' know and feel they are important. After every huge success, he never failed to give them recognition. He knew that the people he worked with were equally as responsible for the success as he was, and without them, none of it would've been possible. He was the kind of leader who empowered his followers using his own beliefs and personal strengths. Simply put, they inspire their followers.
“The whole thing here is the organization. Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.” – Walt Disney
3. Appearances matter - remember to smile: Even after the multiple setbacks and discouragement from critics, Walt never accepted defeat. He just took the opinions of critics and used it as a motivation to create something better. He never quite paid attention to the negativity and continued to do what he loved. This makes the critics reconsider Walt's effort because he never allowed the negativity to affect him making him stand out from the rest of the crowd. He took each discouragement as a challenge.
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