December 10, 2009

By Justin Tang

The annual Bruce Mallen Award Dinner, held Saturday November 7, 2009, this year recognized the success of Mark Zoradi (‘80), former president of Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group for his leadership and contributions to the entertainment industry. UCLA Anderson's Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment, and Sports (MEMES) awarded Zoradi with the Louis B. Mayer Motion Picture Business Leadership Award, an annual award presented "to individuals who have made significant contributions to the motion picture industry."

Zoradi, the man responsible for introducing Disney to the home video industry, led Disney Studios to global annual film earnings of $2.4 billion dollars. In a fitting tribute to his achievements, his reception dinner brought together iconic figures in the entertainment industry including producers, authors and professors from across the nation.

After saying he was deeply humbled by the night's award, he thanked his family for their support and then proceeded to speak to the audience about leadership. "My leadership style is a reflection of the people closest to me," he said.

Zoradi chose not to define his own leadership style. Instead, prior to the awards dinner, he spent time asking various international Disney executives in Europe and Asia for their advice for successful leadership.

An executive Zoradi didn't name from the United Kingdom said, "A great leader must listen, listen and listen more. Challenge the status quo to initiate change." From Scandinavia, the advice was "A great leader creates a vision that mobilizes others," while Japan's Disney executive told Zoradi "A leader has unwavering faith and can only gain acceptance by sharing a vision with the team."

After gathering the leadership wisdom from his Disney colleagues, Zoradi deduced that, "Leaders must listen, speak slowly and get angry even more slowly." He concluded the event by advising everyone that, "We must lead by example, nurture the trust of others and encourage innovation."

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