Mickey, Donald, or Mufasa: What Disney’s Leadership Strategies can Teach your People

Mickey, Donald, or Mufasa: What Disney’s Leadership Strategies can Teach your People

This On-Demand event was originally presented on April 26, 2023 (60 min)


Much like his beloved characters, Walt Disney demonstrated three different leadership personalities during his lifetime. He started out emulating his alter–ego Mickey Mouse. Later, as circumstances became difficult and his burdens became greater, his behavior resembled the angry Donald Duck. Eventually, he found the sweet spot, comparative to a character developed years after his passing, Mufasa from The Lion King.

In this illuminating session, Lenn Millbower, The Mouse Man™, and a 25-year Walt Disney World veteran will share Walt Disney’s leadership journey. He will explain each of the three approaches, the situations appropriate for each, and, more importantly, situations where each is not appropriate. The formula Walt Disney World leaders are expected to follow will be explained. So will the three leader expectations that determine promotions, raises, discipline, and, unfortunately sometimes, the termination of underperforming leaders. Finally, you will be able to compare you and your own organization’s leaders against the Disney model and action plan the next steps for turning your organization’s Mickeys and Donalds into wise Mufasas who can inspire and guide the path to your own magical kingdom.

Attendees will learn

  • 3 different leadership models.
  • How to identify situations in which each of the three models provides an effective approach.
  • Disney leadership expectations.
  • How to identify behaviors you and your leadership team should focus on improving.


Lenn Millbower, the Mouse Man™ and author of Care Like a Mouse, teaches Walt Disney-inspired service, leadership, innovation, training, and success strategies. Everything Disney touched seems magical. It isn’t. It’s a method. Lenn saw that method up close. He spent 25 years at Walt Disney World as an Epcot Operations trainer, Disney-MGM Studios stage manager, Animal Kingdom opening crew, Disney Institute, Disney University, and Walt Disney Entertainment management. Now, he shares methodologies that will help you make your own magic.

Connect with Lenn on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and at www.likeamouse.com

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In this episode on the HRDQ-U In Review Podcast, Lenn Millbower, The Mouse Man™ and a 25-year Walt Disney World veteran, takes us on a captivating journey through the three distinct leadership personalities of Walt Disney himself. Drawing parallels to beloved characters, discover how Walt initially embodied the spirit of Mickey Mouse, then faced challenges akin to the irritable Donald Duck, and ultimately achieved a harmonious leadership style resembling Mufasa from The Lion King. Through this enlightening episode, we’ll explore the renowned formula followed by Walt Disney World leaders giving you the tools to assess your own organization’s leaders against the Disney model and chart a course to transform your Mickeys and Donalds into wise Mufasas who inspire and guide your path to a magical kingdom.
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