Dr. Nelson L. Adams, M.D.
Renowned medical pioneer and business leader shares Four C’s of leadership Dr. Nelson L. Adams, M.D., an exemplary leader, he has also worked steadfastly to create a new generation of strong new leaders.
Dr. Adams is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist in North Miami-Dade County and serves as the chair of the Board of Advisors for the Center of Leadership at Florida International University. He has held many positions of leadership at local, state and national levels and received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
His career includes being the first African-American chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the firstAfrican-American chief of staff of North Shore Medical Center.
“To whom much is given, much is required,” he simply states, explaining why he takes on so many leadership roles.
Today Dr. Adams is the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center and president of N. L. Adams, M.D. and Associates. He is also president and chairman of Access Health Solutions (AHS), a managed care company providing services in 26 Florida counties.
Dr. Adams says to be in your “A” game, a true leader has to have the “Four C’s.”
- Competence “Know your job thoroughly, your exact role and make sure you have the skills needed,” he says. “Competence also means a sense of self, knowing your own strengths and how you operate.”
- Compassion “Sometimes it seems as if a typical business mindset does not embrace true compassion,” points out Dr. Adams. “But the best business leaders are compassionate people, caring about helping others.”
- Commitment “A true leader realizes that positive moves don’t always bring an immediate benefit,” he says. “But he or she is able to commit to a philosophy and to seeing a strategy through.”
- Collaboration “If you only care about ‘fast,’ you can do it by yourself. But if you care about ‘far,’ do it with others,” Dr. Adams recommends. “No person, no organization, even no country can do it alone. There is power in collaboration.”
Sustained by his strong family ties and guided by uncompromising spiritual values, Dr. Adams says true leadership begins with having a good heart. “A true leader loves what he or she’s doing, and goes forward with a good heart to do the best for others,” he says.
Dr. Adams is founding chair of the FIU Center for Leadership’s Board of Advisors. He is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center and President of N. L. Adams, M.D. and Associates. He is also President and Chairman of Access Health Solutions (AHS), a managed care company providing services in 26 counties in Florida.