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Motivation from business leaders: Walt Disney explains visionary leadership

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One must wonder if children around the world would be void of an important part of their lives had it not been for Walt Disney (1901 - 1966). Disney exemplified the qualities of a visionary leader.

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Disney founded an entertainment empire, including movie, theme parks and television. Following his death his company would successfully enter into cruise lines and radio businesses.

Disney’s visionary leadership spurred the creativity in his company’s cartons by rewarding every ideas with extra pay. He also is credited with developing "3D" cartoons by using multiple plates in the animation process.

Not everyone that is a visionary is such a great leader. Some become over burdened by perfectionism or by a desire to make their vision even greater and never get started on execution.

So how did Disney do it?

“The way to get started,” he said, “is to ______________.” (Select the answer from these choices).

  1. stop talking and begin doing.
  2. simply take the first step.
  3. surround yourself with the right people.
  4. make sure you have all the facts.

To see the correct ending, click here.

Among the most major accomplishments for Disney was the building of Disney World in Orlando. As the park was opening it is said his brother, Roy, was overseeing the project from the air. Circling the park he was told it was too bad Walt didn’t live long enough to see the park. Roy replied that Disney had seen the park completed - in his mind.

This is another installment of a series of quotes by business leaders. A successful business builder knows how to challenge people to be their personal best. Short quotes from them often serve as an inspirational thought of the day.

Guillermo Williams of in Rochester Hills, Mich., recommends using motivational stories to help set a workplace culture of success.

“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”

This quote is useful is getting employees for:

  • Taking initiative.
  • Goal setting.
  • Overcoming procrastination.

This series is based on a motivational series from and is used by permission.



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