“Who wants to follow a leader who settles for second best?”

At Disney leadership is not defined by your title or position, it’s defined by your actions. Every leader proactively works to align their personal values with the Disney mission and vision. The result is a motivated, innovative and productive team.

All senior leaders are expected to serve as role models for the next generation. They are told, the WAY you lead tells a story about your values and contributes to the leadership legacy at the world’s number one entertainment company.

Team members who are satisfied with average at best, or worse mediocre, are a threat to any team that wants to excel. Winning may not be everything. However, not doing your best all the time is a weakness great leaders have overcome. The moment you settle for second best you are no longer an asset, but a liability the rest of the team must carry.

As a leader you not only have to manage your own expectations, but also those of your team. You must face every challenge with the expectation of success. Over time your determined expectations must affect everyone on the team, or you forfeit the right to lead.

If anyone on the team is more determined to win than you, they should be leading. You don’t have to be the best at every task, but you should no peers when it comes to passion, determination or a spirit of excellence.

There are no excuses for lack of determination in a leader. If you believe in the mission then it’s worthy of everyone’s best efforts, especially yours as the leader. Passionate determination separates average leaders from great leaders.

Everyday it must be nurtured and invigorated constantly. No one can predict the future, but determined leaders can be counted on to lead the way with above average courage and determination until victory is assured.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Everything comes to those who wait but only things left by those who hustle.”

Lack of passionate determination should disqualify anyone the privilege to lead. It should also forfeit the right of current leaders to remain. You either lead with a spirit of determination and perseverance, or your team has to learn to accept second best and eat the leftovers of those who hustle.