By Steve Moran
Scott Buchanan is the CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home, an organization that has served Ohio Masons, their families, and the public since 1892. His goal for the organization is to help people age respectfully. Prior to being named CEO, Scott served as the organization’s CFO.
He is also passionate about aviation and is the chairman of United States Air and Trade Show which is a part of the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
1. What is the most important leadership lesson you have learned?
It’s not about us individually, it is about what WE as a team can do to better the lives of others, particularly those in need. I live and die by this saying: “Discipline privately and praise publicly”.
2. What has surprised you most about being a leader?
The joy I get from helping others and making their lives better. Almost as good is helping others to hone their skills, which allows them to reach their goals.
3. What is the best leadership advice anyone ever gave you?
Listen intently, and focus your energy outward on others’ needs and goals. I came from humble beginnings and learned at an early age to put others before myself.
4. When you are faced with impossible challenges where do you find strength?
God, family, and internally with the ability to dig deep, lace up my boots, and face challenges head-on to overcome them.
5. If you were to compare yourself with a historical, movie, or storybook character as a metaphor for how you lead who would it be and why?