#LeadLikeAWoman with Sarah Hubbard

Sarah Hubbard, Principal at Acuitas

In legislative strategy, one should never under-estimate the power of one strong, well-prepared committed legislators’ ability to move an issue forward. That belief impacts my work on a daily basis.

What does leadership mean to you? 

Leadership means having a strategic vision to help solve both work and life challenges. Also a leader steps in when things get tough and helps plot a path towards success – or at least a better place.

Who has influenced your idea of leadership?

My experience working for the Detroit Regional Chamber truly helped me grow as a leader. Exposure to both non-profit and business leaders throughout my time there helped me understand different kinds of leaders and their motivations. 

I see leaders working in the legislative process every day, but since Michigan has term-limits for legislators many have much to learn when they first arrive in Lansing. I often talk to first-term legislators that are lost in the process about how they can become strong leaders. Many legislators feel their vote doesn’t count since significant power and control is vested in the top leadership posts of the legislature (Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader for example). However, once I explain different strategies and opportunities to create win-win outcomes they come to realize how their voice matters.

In legislative strategy, one should never under-estimate the power of one strong, well-prepared committed legislators’ ability to move an issue forward. That belief impacts my work on a daily basis.

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

Women in leadership roles often provide a different approach to problem-solving. They develop different relationships with other decision-makers. 

In my opinion, women leaders also recognize the potential in other women leaders readily – therefore providing greater diversity at the table long-term. Sometimes a woman’s voice doesn’t break through the clutter of conversation or ideas in a busy meeting setting – but a woman leader may be better positioned to recognize that voice and call it out to be sure it is heard. In my role I frequently make sure women’s ideas are given full consideration and recognition – especially if a man comes up with the same idea and presents it later in the same discussion without realizing the duplication.

How are you leading in your career/community?

I lead in my career and professional community by mentoring aspiring leaders. While I don’t limit my time to women, it is mostly women that seek my advice. I’m happy to provide guidance the best I can and nurture the careers of others. 

What is the best way for someone to contact you?

Email: shubbard@acuitasllc.com

Phone: (517) 853-1236

Twitter: @S4Hubbard

I'd also love to connect with you on LinkedIn!

 

 

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