6 Leadership lessons from Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who generally wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world’s most distinguishable characters.

Designed as an alternative for Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first performed in the short Plane Crazy, debuting candidly in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to act in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared principally in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beautiful profile, isn’t it? Let’s look at six leadership lessons you can learn from Micky Mouse.

  1. Mickey always has a positive approach to life including different scenarios. Mickey, irrespective of the situation, tends to focus on the positive side. This is a vital leadership lesson for making life a lot more fruitful.
  2. Mickey never stopped laughing at himself. This teaches us an important lesson in life. Don’t shy away from the smile and laughing at your own mistakes. Humour is the greatest remedy in difficult situations.
  3. Don’t forget to smile. Mickey’s smile reflects a safe and happy vibe to all his friends. Unlike Donald Duck, who seems to have irritation on his face as often as a smile, Mickey tends to live from a place of joy that shows on his face. A smiling face can get the job done in the leadership world. Remember that. 
  4. Mickey’s Clubhouse is one of the cleanest places I have ever seen. Nothing is out of place, and everything always looks neat and clean. Cleanliness in the office will make your office productive and proactive. Talking about proactivity.
  5.  When Mickey is pushed into a problem or challenge, he comes up with a solution. Be proactive. Start searching for concrete solutions whenever you face any problem and/or issue. 
  6.  In many of the Mickey Mouse plays, his persistence is tried by his friends. He gets irritated, but he is pretty slow to get mad, which ends up becoming his greatest strength. In the world of leadership, the most important component of success is patience. 

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