Leadership – Bringing Order Out of Chaos!
Daniel Batchelder was raised in Northern Vermont near the Canadian border. He came from a large family of 7 brothers and 5 sisters. He’s a Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Navy. He spent 20 years working as a business consultant in the area of land use planning and natural resource management.
In early 1997, after a trip with a friend in Afghanistan, he launched Morning Star Development, a non-profit NGO that is privately funded. Their mission is to bring hope and opportunity to the people of Afghanistan using sustainable economic and community development initiatives designed to empower individuals and transform communities.
Daniel teaches and models “success without succession is not success at all.”
Today, Daniel will answer the following CEO Questions:
- What is the role of the CEO?
“The role of a CEO from my vantage point is really the person who has the vision and who shares that vision with others, thereby attracting other people to that vision and then investing in those individuals so that they can become successful in carrying out the mission, carrying out the vision.”
- How do you develop a CEO’s capacity to lead?
“In terms of developing your capacity as a CEO, I think the first thing I did was to say to myself, “Where am I strong, and where am I weak?” It took me a while to figure that out because I’d like to think that I am strong in every area. That’s not true for any of us. We have certain strengths, and understanding those strengths and understanding those weaknesses is probably central to being a good CEO. And that is followed in staffing my weaknesses.”
- What are the three essential disciplines for the leader?
- The discipline of quiet time and ordering priorities;
- Keeping track of the morale of your team; and
- Communication: Are we communicating our key concerns in an effective way?
- What has been trusted to your care?
“This organization, Morning Star Development, clearly was entrusted into my care. If you remember 20 years I was cruising to early retirement so I got another assignment called morning star development and after 20 years of doing that I felt like it was time to pay attention to the saying that many of us have heard that says, “Success without succession is no success at all.”
So here is this thriving, growing organization having a major impact on the lives of Afghan families around the country, and even the refugee population today. And working with a Board of Directors, we put together a succession plan, and a year ago in July, we installed a new CEO of Morning Star Development, and I have assumed the role of the President Emeritus.”
“I always assumed that being a leader was a significant responsibility because other people come under your leadership, and they have expectations of you as an leader. Number 1 they want you to always do the right thing, and number 2 they want you to steward the vision. And they want you to take good care of them. So I would say to the leaders listening today take good care of your people. Always do the right thing and take the responsibility of leadership seriously and I think you’ll do just fine.”
To learn more about Daniel and Morning Star Development visit their website. I hope his story will be an encouragement to you!
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