Lead Others the Way You Want to Be Led



leading.jpgMuch has changed in the last few weeks. Things we used to take for granted, like going to the grocery store, eating at a restaurant or getting a haircut, are now unrecognizable or even impossible. Evidence of how quickly things change is all around us, and individuals and companies everywhere are scrambling to adapt to this new reality. As a leader in your business, how quickly can you change?

Now, more than ever, is a great time for leaders to reflect and reset. Consider how you lead, what kind of reputation you have and the legacy you will leave behind. Ask yourself, Would I be happy with myself as a boss? If the answer is no, what would you change?

Use this time to mull over these important questions: How can you be a better you? How can you influence those around you to be better? What kind of impact do you have? During this time, what are you worried about most? Do your employees have the same concerns? Put yourself in their shoes to fully understand their feelings and how you can best support them.

One lesson this pandemic has taught us all is that life happens whether we’re prepared or not. When it does, are you the leader your staff needs you to be? Are the company policies and benefits favorable to employees? The golden rule we all learned as children – treat others the way you want to be treated – may be a simple concept, but it makes a huge difference. Know your morals, ethics and values. In times like these, think about what is really important to you and your co-workers.

Unfortunately, many people have been displaced by COVID-19, either temporarily or permanently. Will your employees look for other employment opportunities when the stay-at-home order is lifted? Those who are unhappy with their current situation just might.

Reflect on your leadership methods and find ways to improve. Value your business and those who support your business (both internally and externally) and make sure they know they’re appreciated. What can you do as a company or individual to make your business a place where people want to work?

As a leader, it’s crucial to put yourself in the shoes of your employees to understand what they need and want most from you, especially during this time of chaos. Just think – when “life happens,” how would you want your boss to support you?


WOOD_B-WEB2019.jpgBen Wood, The Center-West Business Development Specialist
As a member of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West team, Ben is responsible for working with small to medium sized manufacturers in West Michigan, focusing on Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia, and Northern Kent Counties. He helps them assess their opportunities for continuous improvement and growth. Ben builds partner collaborations with regional economic development offices, manufacturing organizations, workforce development organizations, and a network of subcontractors to provide the best overall solution to the company.


Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has assisted Michigan’s small and medium-sized businesses to successfully compete and grow. Through personalized services designed to meet the needs of clients, we develop more effective business leaders, drive product and process innovation, promote company-wide operational excellence and foster creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability. Find us at www.the-center.org.

Categories: Leadership/Culture