Lead Like Walt
Discover Walt Disney's Magical Approach to Building Successful Organizations
by Pat Williams; Jim Denney
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 10 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2020
HCI Books, Health Communications Inc
Author Pat Williams began studying the life and leadership example of Walt Disney as he struggled to build an NBA franchise, the Orlando Magic. Since he was trying to accomplish a goal similar to so many of Walt's—starting with nothing and building a dream from the ground up—he realized that Walt could teach him what he needed to know. And indeed he did.
Through Walt Disney's leadership example, Pat found 7 key leadership traits that all great leaders must possess: Vision, Communication, People Skills, Character, Competence, Boldness, and A Serving Heart. Through never-before-heard Walt stories and pragmatic principles for exceeding business goals, you'll learn how to build those skills and implement them to be effective in any leadership arena. As you discover the life of this great leader, you'll realize that no goal is too great and no dream too daring for anyone who leads like Walt.
A Note From the Publisher
"Without Walt as a role model, I don’t know if the Orlando Magic would exist today." -- Pat Williams
"We all know Disney the company, but some may have overlooked Disney the man. Pat Williams and Jim Denney bring Walt Disney to life in Lead Like Walt. Disney was part visionary, part entrepreneur, and part creative genius. Disney’s leadership serves as an example of how to bring great people together in order to create a bigger, bolder, and brighter future. Lead Like Walt is a joy to read and, as all books by Pat Williams, it is a rich reservoir of leadership wisdom." - Bestselling Author of 14 Books, Including GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us John Baldoni, Inc.com Top Leadership Expert and Speaker, Executive Coach
“Pat Williams has done a remarkable job of telling a very inspirational story of Walt Disney and the attributes that made him so successful. I highly recommend his book to help motivate you to a future you did not know was possible.” - Don Iwerks, Former Disney Executive, an Oscar Winner and Co-founder of Iwerks Entertainment “In Lead Like Walt,
Pat Williams and Jim Denney have captured the management, leadership, and creative talent Walt Disney possessed. If you want to be great at what you do, I suggest you study this book and learn from Walt, and then you will know what to do when opportunities and obstacles appear in your life.” - Author of Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life At Disney Lee Cockerell, Executive Vice President (retired and inspired), Walt Disney World® Resort “More than 30 years ago,
Pat Williams turned a dream into a reality when he guided the efforts to bring the NBA and the Orlando Magic to our city. In Lead Like Walt, Pat, a visionary in his own right, gives readers a glimpse into one of the great dreamers of all time, Walt Disney, and the principles and tactics we all can use to make an impact on the lives of others.” - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
“This book is an ‘E’ ticket if there ever was one. Authors Williams and Denney take you on a real-life Disney adventure through the eyes and experiences of the people who helped the man inside the mouse accomplish a world of wonders." - Ron Stark, Director of S/R Laboratories® Animation Art Conservation Center
“Lead Like Walt is Pat Williams’ best thinking on how to be effective in an ever-changing marketplace. It’s a page-turner with actionable insights for leaders in any size organization. In fact, I am buying copies for my leaders and friends right away. This is a must-read. Thank you, Pat, for always expanding our minds and engaging our hearts to lead differently.” - Author of Be the Spark: Five Platinum Service Principles to Keep Customers for Life Simon T. Bailey
“Great leaders turn visions into reality by empowering, inspiring, and motivating people. In Lead Like Walt, Pat Williams has broken down the essentials of Walt Disney’s leadership style, so that all of us can learn from his example. Whether you lead a scout troop, a corporation, or a nation, the insights in this book will make you a more effective leader.” - Senator George J. Mitchell, Former Chairman of The Walt Disney Company
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 24 members
Great book on leadership. I’ve read several books by Pat Williams and have enjoyed everything I’ve read. Good insight into a great organization.
As a Disney nerd, as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad that I did because this book is amazing. As a small business owner too that it has helped me understand the business world a little more. I like how it has a ton of good ideas that as a business owner I can do and this book is perfect for anyone who is looking to see how Walt Disney became so successful in the way that he led his business.
As a Disney fan and affiliate travel agent that specializes in Disney travel, as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I'm so happy I did because this book is amazing. As a small business owner myself, it has helped me understand the business world a little more. I like how it has a ton of good ideas that as a business owner I can do and this book is perfect for anyone who is looking to see how Walt Disney became so successful in the way that he led his business.
As a business owner you tend to notice other companies who deliver on excellent customer service. Disney is one of those companies! This book was very insightful look on the wonders of Walt. I would recommend this to anyone who manages people in any industry. Thank You NetGalley and Health Communications INC. for giving me this advanced readers copy in return for my honest opinion.
Good book on the leadership behaviors of Walt Disney. The book goes deep into the idiosyncrasies that made Walt Disney beloved of everyone, from customers/fans to employees and backers. The book lays out personality traits that made Disney successful and does so by recounting actual stories of interactions with people: Walt's method of introducing and selling new ideas, Walt's ability to make anyone comfortable in his presence, and Walt's uncanny understanding of people and how to adjust his approach and tailor it to each unique individual that he came in contact with. Disney lovers and leaders from any industry will come away with nuggets from this book.
Read all my reviews at https://brainfartsandbooks.wordpress.com As an avid Disney fan and an even bigger fan of the Mouse himself, I have always wondered about Walt Disney and his work ethic and how his company started. Walt Disney was a true entrepreneur. He was without all of the technology and tools we have today yet his ideas and creative ability are still going as strong as ever. Walt Disney put his heart and soul into his company and this book breaks down the qualities that Walt had when building his business. Pat Williams does a great job of including personal stories from people who knew Walt in the book. Examples of how Walt treated people and what he would do in specific situations. I very much enjoyed reading about how Walt Disney made his dreams come true even after his untimely death. His legacy lives on each and every day. One of my favorite fun facts in the book is that Walt chose the address for Disneyland to be at 1313 South Harbor Blvd which is now 1313 Disneyland Drive. The letter "M" is the thirteenth number of the alphabet so the address translates to "MM" which of course stands for Mickey Mouse. It's the little things like that that make you realize that Disneyland was really, and will always be, Walt Disney's baby. Thank you to Netgalley, Pat Williams, and Health Communications for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is an amazing insight into Walt Disney and his brilliant mind. The author did an amazing job outlining Walt's Business practices. I would like to make this into a management course at our university!
This book was a very insightful look on the workings of Walt. There are so many things to like about this book, and it has taught me so much about Walt Disney that I did not know. It allowed me to see by Walt's example what is possible and what can be achieved. I learned by reading this book what qualities that Walt Disney cultivated that helped him to become a visionary and powerful example in the world that in turn I could use to make my dreams possible. Reminds you that your dreams can become reality if you are willing to put in the work.
This title has a wonderful history of Walt Disney within the pages. The authors have definitely done their research and have documented the history within the book. It does seem more history than a leadership book.