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Training and research are the capstones of the Cornerstone Leadership Institute (CLI), founded in 2017 as a placeholder and repository for the extant research of Ken Gërhart – who at the time was pursuing a Master of Strategic Leadership. Whether you are an entrepreneur or executive seeking to improve your personal leadership quotient through our individual coaching program or a manager looking for leadership development of your team, the CLI has the leadership program for you. Non-profits can equally benefit from our training programs. Due to their modular format, these leadership programs can be tailored to meet the needs and budget of each individual client or organization.

Leadership Training. The CLI offers leadership training for groups as well as on the individual coaching level. The topics include the leadership basics of vision casting, critical thinking, strategy development, team dynamics, work-life balance, and effective communication. Other more focused programs explore leading innovation, developing talent and empowering people, inspiring collaboration, mastering the distinction between management and leadership, and leveraging an improved leadership quotient for better decision making. Local, regional, national, and global economic development are overarching conduits through which much of this leadership training flows.

Leadership Research. The CLI is engaged on the cutting edge of academic research through the extant effort of the staff. Each of our senior fellows and research fellows are pursuing their respective research interests both in praxis and theoretical research. Many of our staff are affiliated with universities and other academic institutions around the global as professors and adjunct professors. Follow the links after each staff member bio to learn more about their specific research interests.

Editing & Writing Coaches. Many of the CLI executive team and other senior leadership are engaged as editors for hire for any number of projects - including but not limited to, doctoral dissertations, peer-reviewed journal articles, popular press publications, book chapters, and books. Our coaches typically use a three-tiered editing model whereby the heavy lift is accomplished in the first tier, a lighter review is done in the second tier, and a final punch-list is completed in the third tier. This model ensures a thorough review process and tightens the editing task over an iterative process.

Team Members. The CLI team members are among the best and brightest rising stars in the leadership industry, academics, and international consulting ranks. With seasoned leadership at the helm, the CLI is actively recruiting Senior Fellows, Research Fellows, and Interns with the goal of creating a fully staffed stable of academic racehorses who can respond to and deploy on short notice to opportunities at any point on the globe. Our vision is to have 200 doctoral level or otherwise terminal degreed staff on board by 2030, setting a vigorous on-boarding pace of more than two per month for the next decade.

executive team

KPG MugKen Gërhart, MSL. Ken Gërhart is the co-founder - along with his wife, Barbara, and executive director of the CLI, a unit of The Cornerstone Group international, which he founded in 1990. His responsibilities include vision casting and alignment, strategic planning and execution, and building bridges to other resources across the globe. Mr. Gërhart is a Christ-follower, ordained minister of the Gospel, AmPro Certified Racquetball Instructor and International Official, serial entrepreneur, and a PhD student in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Theology at Regent University. After 38 years as an investment banker specializing in strategic planning and corporate finance, Mr. Gërhart is now transitioning to a teaching and writing second career. With two-years of national championship football at Texas A&I University, a 1976 European Tour, and a two-time induction into the Javelina Hall of fame behind him, he earned his BA in Political Science and Sociology from Texas Tech University; multiple certifications, including: (a) Public/Private Partnerships in Real Estate Development Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, (b) Advanced Negotiation Training from the city of Dallas Legal Department, (c) Advanced Financial Statement Analysis from the American Bankers Association, and (d) Excel for the Advanced User: Level III from the KISD continuing Education Department; as well as his MSL in Strategic Leadership from LeTourneau University - graduating with highest honors. Originally from Houston, Mr. Gërhart and his wife – who are empty-nesters, now live on and operate the Broken Tree Ranch, a working cow-calf operation in Caldwell County Texas. Mr. Gërhart is a 6th generation Texan and his grandchildren are 4th generation legacy students and graduates of Klein High School in the greater Houston Metro Area.

Mr. Gërhart has presented at numerous international academic conferences and published nine academic articles. His particular research interest is developing an overarching theology of leadership under which a meta-model is emerging where a comprehensive 12-point taxonomy can be codified. Click here for more information about this emerging area of leadership research and an anthology of Ken’s publications. Contact Ken at: kgerhart@cornerstonefmc.com

International Trade & Entrepreneur Studies Unit Jay Styles, Team Leader

Jason “Jay” K.N. Styles, MSBM
- research fellow.

Higher Education Team -

Chad Newton, PhD -