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Business Leadership Lessons from Disney's CEO

Fan or not, The Walt Disney Company is widely successful. Even with a few movie flops and challenges in management, things have definitely turned around for the better with Bob Iger as their CEO since 2004.  Recently, Iger released a memoir entitled, "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company". Within the pages are intriguing stories and messages of inspiration for any business owner. He details his steps up the ladder at ABC, Disney's acquisition of Pixar and his relationship with Steve Jobs, acquiring Marvel and Lucasfilm, and opening more Disney parks across the world.

Let's examine some top business leadership lessons from Disney's CEO.

Facing Fears as an Entrepreneur

One of my closest friends is "hanging out her shingle" as an independent after spending her entire career working for large corporations. We've always texted fairly regularly but our conversations lately are less about our kids and more about self-employment taxes and setting up accounting software. To leave the relative comfort and paycheck predictability of the employee life is no joke and has me revisiting my own brave step into the world of entrepreneurship. 

Becoming an entrepreneur means facing real fears. Here are some ways to push past the fear and do it anyway.

Women Entrepreneurs: Get Paid What You're Worth 

Last month, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, released a report titled, "Tackling the Gender Gap: What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive." In the report, female business leaders shared their incredible stories but also highlighted the challenges they face in business, in balancing family and work life, and in raising capital for their companies. A common theme dominated the struggles of women entrepreneurs - the failure to ask for what they are worth.

Women entrepreneurs, you are changing the face of business and it's time to get paid what you're worth.