#LeadLikeAWoman with Abigail Williamson

Business Solutions Sales Associate at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce

I’m convinced that the world doesn’t need more leaders, the world needs more of the right kind of leaders. Women are just as capable of developing the character & skills of leadership as men.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is fighting for the highest possible good in the lives of those you lead. When you meet someone, they are asking these three questions: Are you for me? Against me? Or for yourself?

Healthy leaders have learned the art & science of bringing high support and high challenge to others in a way that empowers them. Charles Kim, the CEO of NextJump, talks about the need for leaders to cultivate humble confidence together. What we know is that humility without confidence is insecurity, and confidence without humility is arrogance. So, for me, leadership is built on a foundation of humble confidence and focused on achieving an organization’s goals through empowering people in this way.

Who has influenced your idea of leadership?

My dad, Brian Williamson, is definitely the person who has influenced my idea of leadership the most. He is a business owner and has a PhD in Organizational Leadership. He has been very helpful in shaping my understanding of leadership, as well as raising me to become a strong leader myself. 

Why do we need more women in leadership roles? What do they add to the table?

I’m convinced that the world doesn’t need more leaders, the world needs more of the right kind of leaders. Women are just as capable of developing the character & skills of leadership as men. Therefore, we should have the same opportunity to sit at a leadership table to provide vision and foster collaboration to achieve the outcomes of the organization. Many women provide a unique capacity to understand the people side of the business and foster healthy culture through relationships.

How are you leading in your career/community?

In my job, I take initiative in bringing the perspective of the younger generation. I’ve found that others have appreciated my perspective because of the insights I bring.

My leadership in my community takes form of leading a team at my church. I find this to be a challenging task, but the ability to encourage people & align everyone in a common direction is rewarding.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I used to think leading was knowing all the answers, but now I think it’s simply to love. I think it means seeing the good in people when they can’t see it for themselves.

What is the best way for someone to contact you?

awilliamson@michamber.com

 

 Michigan ATHENA is a program dedicated to developing, supporting, and honoring women leaders throughout Michigan. This program is part of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiatives. To find out more about this program please visit us at www.michamber.com/ATHENA

If you have any questions or would like to nominate someone to be featured in our #LeadLikeAWoman series please email me at akeimach@michamber.com