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Monday, August 20, 2018

Leadership Lessons From Walt Disney - How To Inspire Your Team

Walt Disney once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

To make a dream a reality, it is not enough to simply hope that the stars will align. Walt Disney relied on his business partners, his support system, and his Cast Members to turn his vision into a successful company. Walt’s vision was so strong that it continues to motivate and inspire today’s Cast Members.

Employees desire inspiration from their leaders. Not only must your people be inspired by the work they do, they also want to feel that what they do matters and has a positive impact on others. Leaders can set inspiration in motion when they take on the responsibility of ensuring employees are focused on the correct tasks, and that they have the proper resources at the right time.

At Disney, they believe and teach business leaders these three concepts to motivate and inspire their team:

Vision and Values: Every leader is telling a story about what he or she values. These values must be aligned with the vision for an organization or team. If a leader’s personal values do not align with organizational values, it will be difficult to genuinely express a vision that motivate others.

Behaviors over Intentions: Those within an organization will look to a leader as a model to develop their own behaviors and decisions. While people tend to judge themselves based on intentions, they judge others based on actions. As a leader, it is essential that your behaviors are authentic, and reflect your values and your vision. When rallying a team around a new initiative, it is crucial that you demonstrate its importance through your words and deeds. The best motivation can come from a leader’s example every day.

Purpose before Task: When assigning new projects to a team, it is important to discuss the purpose behind the task. Tasks that are isolated from the larger goal can become tedious and confusing, finding their way to the bottom of the priorities list. However, if a team understands the common purpose behind individual responsibilities, they will be more inspired to own the tasks as well as the goal.

How do you motivate your team to make your dream a reality?

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