Alan Mulally on Vision and Discipline

Leadership is a decision. Alan Mulally, former president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., says successful leaders need to move away from controlling a team to working alongside them to achieve the company’s vision.  Often the best way to refocus that vision is to reach into the past and find the why of your organization.  SUCCESS Ambassador and columnist John C. Maxwell and Mulally sit down to disucss the importance of lifelong learning, collaborative work and collective accountability.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection November 2016.


  • Why going back to your company’s original mission statement can help guide you as a leader through tough times
  • Why the best leaders have a vision that their team can see and feel.
  • How to create a shared mission that involves your team working with you, not for you.
  • When a team feels connected, they stop working for a paycheck and start working to better the company.


Favorite quote from this episode:

“Well I think [leadership] starts with vision, because we all want to contribute to something important; something bigger than ourselves and make a difference in other people’s lives.”

—Alan Mulally


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