Creativity & Innovation

Creativity is arguably one of the most important factors of being a successful leader. Being creative offers one multiple solutions to an issue and provides new approaches to different situations.

Walt Disney: Creative & Innovative Leadership

From the beginning of Walt Disney’s life, it was apparent he was different than other children his age. Instantly, he possessed a creative quality that persuaded him to constantly expend his energy to new tasks and accomplishments. Early on, he had an immense love for art. He even drew cartoon characters for his school’s newspaper. Disney showed prominent leadership tactics at a young age. This quality helped him become one of the most influential motion picture producers in the world.

Although not all of Walt Disney’s qualities are agreed methods of urging people to follow in one’s path. For instance, Disney’s perfectionism and determination resulted in passive aggression towards his workers. Placing reminders around the Disney World theme park during construction could be viewed as a communication problem. We can assume that because of this behavior, Disney was stubborn and adamant about his wishes and commands.

Walt Disney received little support from his family and friends growing up. He faced multiple bankruptcies, but committed to his dreams regardless the circumstances. While his brother, Roy, received miniscule recognition for maintaining the finances and helping Walt stay mentally sane. Walt Disney was intelligent in the branding of himself. For example, he would not do activities in public that could harm his reputation. He created images based on ideal embodiments of culture.

Understandably, his leadership drastically altered over time. He started his career as a young boy with a vision and did not allow anything hinder his goals. He lived in a fantasy state-of-mind and ignored the negative input that most people would accept. These are some of the characteristics that set Walt Disney apart from the average leader. His tactics during his lifetime suggest he was an autocratic leader. He lacked collaboration skills and based most of his decisions solely on his desires.

I believe Walt Disney’s method of leadership could easily hinder the organizational relationship between the leader and his/her followers. Disney’s personality made up for his lack of convergent thinking, but that is a rarity. Disney was very creative in all aspects of his life. Therefore, I believe creativity and creative problem solving is the main leadership skill that sets Disney apart from other famous leaders. His creative and meticulous nature was the perfect recipe for a leader to overcome the circumstances.

External Awareness 

Being aware is vital to performing as a leader. Knowing who you are speaking to will make all the difference when constructing a method of reaching a group of people. Based on the audience you are communicating with, you can gather the tools to effectively persuade others to work towards the same mission.

Stories can be more useful than you think. They can elicit a personal reaction from the audience, if you know what audience you are speaking to. Recognizing the importance of being aware of external influences will change the way you use your leadership strategies. Stories can sometimes justify the action. Using stories as a leader is the most significant means of acknowledging the external contingencies and allowing them to relate to a personal experience.

Flexibility & Resilience

Leaders are not always subjective to perfect situations. More than not, being flexible and resilient foster more successful leadership.

Comparable to problem-solving strategies, being flexible is an effective mean of getting respect, which is important to have as a leader.

Strategic Thinking

In organizations and marketing situations, being a strategic thinker is a huge benefit. based off past problematic situations or successes, one can effectively use the data to their advantage to foster success. This ensures that a leader can effectively analyze and plan for making the future as promising as possible.


Having a vision starts with an idea and implementing the idea into a strategic plan. Being a visionary thinker and doer is imperative to maintaining a high level of motivation. Leaders should be consistently motivated. Not only should they be motivated for their own wellbeing, they should also encourage others to stay motivated.

The Milagro Beanfield War

In class we watched the Milagro Beanfield.  This movie is an example of the importance of cultural and servant leadership. Cultural leadership is concerned with family, community and cultural understanding. It is imperative, for the community, that the leader is willing to sacrifice to be an effective leader.

Living in New Mexico, the main characters of this film reach annoyance and discomfort when faced with issues using the water on their landscape. When Joe is lucky and able to access the water, he does so without the discretion of the government.

Emotional Leadership: Stone of Destiny

Emotional leadership is recognized as the ability to connect with followers on an emotional level. This is an effective form of leadership because the more a leader connects with his/her followers, the more he or she can be trusted. Emotionally intelligent leaders have the skills necessary to persuade their followers through compassion and reliability. Leaders should possess this form of leadership to form bonds and establish connections.

The main character in Stone of Destiny, Ian Hamilton, goes through extreme measures to return the stone of destiny. As this proves to be very complicated, Hamilton has to exhibit emotional leadership skills.  At first, he is very assertiveness and his independence. He is overtly confident about stealing the rock. As a member of the Scottish Nationalist organization, he hopes to end the acceptance of being enslaved by England.

It is important that members inside of the group have confidence in themselves and each other. Trusting each member to complete their tasks correctly is coherent with qualities of emotional intelligence.  The interpersonal relationships throughout the film show how reliant they can be. Some characteristics of emotional intelligence are being self aware and determined. One must also have a passion for the work he or she is doing that goes beyond superficial things like the desire for money or power. An emotionally intelligent leader should also be proficient at understanding different cultures and social considerations. Stress is tolerated and controlled in this movie proving to be a component of leadership success. When they get caught in the chapel during the movie, they handle the situation well by not running and handling it head on. Also, the characters exhibit hope and coherence when they follow their goal until it is obtained.  The group is optimistic in its journey and has a strong foundation based on emotional connections.