Walt Disney: An American Hero

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Introduction Choosing Walt Disney as an American icon to reflect on the different motivation theories and leadership skills that can be applied in an organization. In todays world it’s difficult to achieve what you as a person dream to accomplish. Facing obstacles in daily situations can influence you in many different ways. Knowing and understanding a person’s needs and focusing on it are essential to acquiring them. There are sets of skills that need to be learned to become a leader. One leader in today’s world is Walt Disney. He is perceived as a legend; folk hero of Theo 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals, which his name represents: imagination, creation and self made success in the American tradition. Walt Disney Background “Walt Disney had a dream and a vision; and he never gave up. After launching his company and seeing the fruition of his dreams in animation, Walt Disney began a new dream: a place where…show more content…
• Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory (1954): The American psychologist Abraham Maslow developed a five-level hierarchy of needs that drives human behavior. Maslow progressively ranks human needs as demonstrated in Figure 2 and as follows: 1. Physiological: Includes food, hunger, shelter, and warmth. 2. Safety: Security and protection from physical and emotional harm. 3. Social: Affection, belongingness, acceptance, and friendship. 4. Esteem: respect, independence, achievement, status, recognition, and attention. 5. Self-actualization: Drive to become what we are capable of becoming; includes growth, achieving our potential, and self-fulfillment. Figure 2 - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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