The 4 Cs of Walt Disney apply to employee development – L’Observateur


As well as being known as a pioneer of animation, as well as film, and the creator of some of the world’s most beloved and recognizable characters, Walt Disney was also responsible for the direction and inspiration of ‘an innovative and industry-defining studio of’ dreamers.

“Somehow I can’t believe there are heights that can’t be climbed by a man who knows the secrets to making his dreams come true. This particular secret, it seems to me, can be summed up in four C. These are curiosity, confidence, courage and steadfastness, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in something, believe it to the end, implicitly and unquestionably.
– Walt Disney

While, in Disney’s words, the four Cs are the secret to making dreams come true, they apply just as easily to leadership and employee development.

People who are very successful have a predisposition to curiosity – and they are ready to go out of their way to satisfy it. Whether it’s reading the latest business books, attending seminars and workshops, or finding a subject matter expert, successful leaders are always on the lookout for growing their knowledge base.


It’s human nature to gravitate towards confident people and the team you lead is no different. Employees take behavioral cues from their leaders that influence how they react to various situations in the workplace. Leaders who approach new projects or challenges with resolute confidence inspire the same in their employees.


A cousin of confidence, courage is undoubtedly essential to achieving daring goals. Some of the greatest achievements and innovations in history came from people who weren’t afraid to take a chance on a great idea. And if you were to watch their path to success, you would likely see a pattern of pushing the boundaries boldly, but strategically.


Stability is an essential element in building and leading a productive and reliable team. Leaders who strive to be consistent in their words and actions have loyal employees who better understand what is expected of them. And that understanding creates confidence and a more motivated workforce who know their hard work will be recognized and appreciated.

Express Employment Professionals is a leading personnel provider serving the parishes on the river from its office in Gonzales. The company is a member of the River Region Chamber of Commerce and the LaPlace branch of Business 2 Business.


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