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We Asked, You Responded: What Are Qualities of Great Leadership?

June 02, 2015 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

"Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised.” –Walt Disney

What defines leadership excellence? Are there certain qualities, characteristics, or behaviors that define great leaders? At Disney Institute, we have seen that great leaders possess a number of specific qualities: honesty, integrity, respect, passion and optimism— to name a few. By knowing this, our company is able to intentionally seek out, develop, and nurture leadership behaviors that reflect these qualities.

In our Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence professional development training course, we share with participants specific leadership traits and behaviors that continue to propel our organization forward. We also explore the concept of values-infused leadership, which helps leaders focus on and demonstrate who they are by aligning their behaviors with values.

Recently, we shared the Walt Disney quote above via social media and asked our followers: What do you think are other important qualities of great leaders? While we couldn’t share them all, we received many engaging, thoughtful and inspiring responses. Here are few of the highlights:

Tell us – What do you think of these responses? Are there other qualities of great leadership that you would add? 

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