The Magic of Walt Disney

The famous Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney possessed many traits of a leader including his drive and responsibility to task completion and his ability to be empathetic and to others’ situations and understand why they feel the way they do. In addition, Walt Disney was able to capture his dreams of this through his excellent leadership skills of having a vision, being a salesman, and being a servant leader. Both Walt Disney’s personality traits and his leadership skills attributed to him being a dynamic leader.

Some of the traits that Walt Disney possessed that led to him being a great leader were his drive and responsibility to task completion, and his vigor and persistence in pursuit of goals. He pursued his dreams and followed up on them until they were carried through. Walt Disney’s initial goal was to “create a theme park that both children and adults could enjoy.” (History of Walt Disney World) Through his drive and responsibility to task completion, and his vigor and persistence in pursuit of goals, he was able to complete this theme park with the created of Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 1955.

Walt Disney was a successful leader because he had a vision that he focused on. He set out to develop an amusement attraction that both adults and children could enjoy. In order to accomplish his goal his simple vision of “I dream” was always in focus. By keeping people aware and motivated by this vision, he was able to be a leader and develop Disneyland. In addition to his vision, he was a great leader because of his salesmanship. Disney was able to convince people to buy in on his dream. He upheld characteristics of honesty, enthusiasm, confidence, courage, and persistence. As a leader and innovator, he was able to get people to trust him and his dream. His salesmanship makes him a great leader because he was able to sell his innovative idea and have people invest in him. Finally, Walt Disney was a servant leader who is known for caring so much for his employees. According to a blog by Pahl, the following scenario occurred: “A gardener at the Disney studios left some tools in an empty parking space and a producer chewed him out for it. Walter noticed this from his window, went down and said, “Don’t you ever treat any of my employees like that! This man has been with me longer than you have, so you’d better be good to him!”” This is an example of Disney acting as a servant leader for his employees. A reason why Walt’s innovation was a success was because of the way he respected his employees and his employees in return respected him. The gardener example is also an example of Walt Disney having social awareness of the situation. Walt Disney was able to protect the gardener because he had the ability to be empathetic and understand why the gardener was in the situation.

In conclusion, Walt Disney was able to accomplish his dreams because he had leadership personality traits and the skills needed to be a great leader. Some of the personality traits that led to him being a great leader were his drive and responsibility to task completion, and his vigor and persistence in pursuit of goals. Overall, he was an excellent leader who was able to accomplish his dream by focusing on his vision, being a salesman, and acting as a servant leader!

“A History of Walt Disney World.” Disney World Tickets, www.orlandofuntickets.com/a-history-of-walt-disney-world/.

Pahl, Jantzen. “5 Leadership Qualities We Learned From Walt Disney.” ISU CEWT Blog, blog.cetrain.isu.edu/blog/5-leadership-qualities-we-learned-from-walt-disney.

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