Charles H. Powell, PhD, is a 2014 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Charles R.H. Powell, Ph.D.Dissertation Committee

  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Chair
  • Carolyn B. Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Anne Perkins, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Steve Chase, Ph.D., External Reader


leadership, common purpose, phenomenology, nuclear weapons reduction, nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, self-actualization

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While the mention of common purpose is prevalent in leadership studies, there are few attempts to explore the relationship between common purpose and leadership. This study delves into the questions of if and how common purpose and leadership inform one another. How leaders adapt purpose and leadership approaches in response to evolving and turbulent conditions may foster the depth and sustainment of immediate and subsequent accomplishments. Through phenomenological research in the venue of nuclear weapons reduction, a common purpose that is both globally pervasive and imbued with a sense of urgency, the lived essence of those engaged in common purpose can be illustrated. Exploring the symbiosis of the nuclear weapons reduction common purpose and associated leadership may have theoretical implications or provide lessons that can be utilized within other common purpose settings. The electronic version of this dissertation is available through the OhioLink ETD Center at


Chuck Powell is the CEO for Encompassing Leadership Associates,, specializing in leadership development, executive and life coaching, organizational development, and healthcare consulting services. Chuck has served as a Caregiver, an Air Force Officer, and a Healthcare Executive. His focus is now on coaching, consulting, teaching, and writing. Chuck holds a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

His dissertation highlighted the mutually enhancing relationship between common purpose and leadership. Chuck also has Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration and Education with a concentration in Counseling. His Bachelor’s Degree is in Business Management. He is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Chuck co-founded a Leadership Academy that is now in its tenth year with over 100 graduates comprised of physicians, administrators, researchers, nurses, and technologists.

He holds faculty appointments at Emory University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he teaches graduate courses on organizational development, leadership, and change management. His just published book, Abby’s Quest, is about an emerging leader’s discovery of self, approach, and purpose.

Chuck’s favorite moment is when a coaching client or student speaks of their experience as “life changing.” He is passionate about helping others (individuals and groups) maximize potential and achieve their highest aspirations. He also seeks opportunities to improve care, enhance service, and assist in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. – [Bio update: May 2018]

Chuck Powell is the author of :

Abby's Quest: A Leader's Journey into Fable, Reflection, Insight, and Adaptation

ISBN-13: 978-1986843409

ISBN-10: 1986843408