Walt was a remarkably innovative individual as he never let any obstacles hold him back from future accomplishments. Rather, he would take each successful moment as a building block for his next venture [Lof14]. Transformational leadership was one of the biggest factors to his success. Walt looked at his work as a team effort, with each member contributing to his vision. As he stated, “The whole thing here is the organization. Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort” [Jon141]. Walt understood that he could not be successful alone and therefore needed to inspire his team to be as passionate about a project as he was. As he mastered the art of communicating his vision of the future of the company, he truly transformed into an inspiring leader [Jon141]. Walt Disney transformed the entertainment industry making “Disney” a household name, not only through the creation of his iconic characters but also through his success of animation as an entertainment medium. This was achieved through the company’s journey where Walt’s personal traits inspired his leadership making the community within Disney so successful.
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