Walt Disney

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

History of Walt Disney

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney, the optimistic entrepreneur who created the spectacular fantasies of our childhood and still is known today for his wonderful accomplishments which are still recognized by a large portion of the world. Walt was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois and worked with his brother Roy to create the Walt Disney Productions; which today became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Walt Disney was a very creative animator and loves working on new things after another. He started pursuing his love for art and animation at a very young age which lead to a very successful billion dollar corporation. For all his accomplishments, he was awarded 22 Academy Awards throughout his lifetime and created the wonderful theme parks.

What was the person involved in that made him a leader?

Walt Disney was a very successful entrepreneur who is known today for creating one of the largest motion-picture production companies in the world. Walt Disney Productions.Through each and every setback, Walt Disney found a motivation to continue. He started off at a young age by drawing his neighbors horse which eventually led him to create his own company which then further expanded to the multi-billion dollar company of Walt Disney Productions.
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Walt Disney was also the creator of the world of happiness, Disneyland which many claim as the "Happiest Place on Earth". The Disney brand is one of things that can bring happiness in any child's life and even bring families together which reflects the personality of Walt Disney himself. He was very joyful and believed in always spending time with his family despite any work. He would always take his daughters to amusement parks and spend time with them which helped him decide on how to take a step further. He acted as more than just a business leader; he was genuinely devoted to the creation of this park and took this as a passion and not something he had to do just for the sake of money. I strongly believe this was one of the very important traits of being a leader.
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What actions did the individual take to show leadership?

Walt Disney was synonymous with joy, amazement, wonder, and magic. He used his optimism and charisma to help him reach the great heights he has reached today. His personality itself was what define the Disney brand today. He knew how to search for the opportunities and strive till the end to achieve that goal.


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.

Leadership Traits

1. Quitting is leading too: Walt Disney would love to explore the range of opportunities he had and always would say that “We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.” We all know that he was the creator of our favorite, well-known, Mickey Mouse, but what we really need to recognize is all the efforts and failures it took to reach the stage of creating the character. We would want to believe that Mickey Mouse became an overnight success but that was definitely not the case, as Walt had received much discouragement and many people did not like his creativity. He believed that he should abandon the ideas that didn't work but keep on trying to improve because in that case, people will not see you as the many people who just decide to quit and give up but the persistent one who strives to achieve their goal; the persistent ones' will stand out from the rest and attract people to follow you.

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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