Dr. Colette Nichols discusses the comments from the President of Capella University about the parallels in our leadership styles caused her to reflect on some key principles of leadership that have worked for her over the years and that she want to share with others.

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The first principle is understanding the value of the individual. People want to feel they make a difference and that they’re valued and their input matters. So when you tap into that, as a leader, you unleash tremendous creativity. Early in my career, I felt as an executive I had to have all of the answers and all of the solutions to these complex problems. What I’ve learned and I’m passing on is that every individual has worth. The whole team is so much better than the individual for creativity and performance. …


Wealth inequality in the United States has become increasingly apparent, and it is visible in locations such as New York City and Los Angeles. Every night, nearly 60,000 Los Angeles County residents remain on city streets, and a total of 85 percent of those individuals are adults without children.

Dr. Colette Nichols is a business consultant in healthcare and technology as well as a social entrepreneur and founded The Empower Foundation in 2019. The Foundation’s ambitions include three major community issues — ending homelessness, supporting vulnerable children and improving health. With an approach that emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and most importantly, results, Dr. Colette Nichols believes that education is an important factor in shifting public and social opinions on homelessness to find empathetic solutions. …


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My name is Dr. Colette Nichols and I have been extremely fortunate to work with various charitable organizations. I am currently the President & Chairwoman of The Empower Foundation, which is extremely near and dear to my heart. I hope I can bring guidance and information to those looking to start their own charitable organization or how you get more involved with simple tasks as well!

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Dr. Colette Nichols

Finance & Operations Executive | Consultant | Healthcare & Technology | President & Chairwoman of The Empower Foundation | Los Angeles, California

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