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A Leadership Legacy: Memories of Walt Disney

July 16, 2015 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute


At Disney Institute, we believe that the best leadership legacy is not one that is fondly remembered, but one that is actively emulated. In other words, a great measurement of a leader’s success is seeing others emulate your behaviors and act as a result of your leadership.

Although Walt Disney has been gone for many years, his leadership legacy still lives on in the hearts and minds of our Cast Members; and his legacy is actively emulated through our behaviors. So, in honor of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary on July 17, 2015, we thought it was fitting to take a look at Walt Disney’s legacy, wherein we can find important leadership lessons that are still relevant and impactful for today’s leaders.

The video below, A Leadership Legacy: Memories of Walt Disney, features several of our longtime Disney Cast Members who were working at Disneyland when Walt Disney was still there. As you watch, consider what you hear and how it exemplifies the way in which Walt’s legacy lives on in today’s Cast Members. 

Something we should all consider is what do we want our own personal leadership legacy to be? After all, it is never too early to start proactively thinking about what our own employees, co-workers, clients, or customers will think about us and say about us after we have changed positions or left the organization. 

When thinking about your own leadership legacy, consider how you want to be remembered. Will it be the results and successes you achieved, or will it be how you treated others and inspired them? Most importantly, don’t forget that although your legacy will be remembered later, it is being written now.

Creating and communicating a leadership legacy is a critical skill that should be a focus for all leaders. If you’d like to learn our approach, consider enrolling in our Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence professional development training course, available at Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. 

Tell us – What can you start doing differently now to intentionally create your leadership legacy? What specific behaviors can you demonstrate that others will want to emulate?

We’d love to hear from you! 
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