Cardinal Leadership provides proven character based leadership solutions through executive coaching, education, development, and selection services.

Eric G. Kail, Ph.D.


Character based leadership and leadership development, leading in changing and unstable environments, executive coaching, leading multicultural teams and organizations, leadership emergence and effectiveness, and developing leadership styles.


Colonel Eric G. Kail was a combat experienced leader and scholar who served for over 24 years in a variety of leadership, leader development, and staff positions around the World in both conventional and special operations units. His most recent leadership experience was as the commander of a multinational military unit with over 1100 employees in the Republic of Korea. As general manager of this business unit, he managed an annual budget of $27 million and was responsible for deterring the aggression of over 3,000 artillery and rocket weapon systems in North Korea and the physical protection of over 20 million people in Seoul, Korea. Eric’s military service afforded him the opportunity to lead small and large multicultural organizations on several continents including Asia (southeast and southwest) and Europe. As a scholar, he led academic seminars for students at Yale University, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, Virginia Tech, and Boston University. Eric conducted leader development engagements, keynote addresses, and executive coaching for clients such as: General Electric, Yale School of Management Executive Education, Procter & Gamble, Boston Scientific, Aptuit, 7-11, Toyota, 1st American Bank, the Provincial Government Leadership from Guangdong Province in China, The Center for Creative Leadership, NetApp, Pittsburgh Plate and Glass, Yale New Haven Health Systems, the FBI, and The Apex Police Department. He was also a contributing author for the “On Leadership” section of the Washington Post and the Harvard Business Review’s “Frontline Leadership.”

Scholarly Work/Publications/Awards

Eric’s research interests were leader development and leadership effectiveness. Eric authored book chapters on leader development, and journal articles on the effectiveness of leadership from a values based perspective. He also presented his research on leadership effectiveness at various academic conferences. Eric created of the Cardinal Leadership Inventory®, a psychometric instrument that measures leadership character, identity and method of leader development. The Cardinal Leadership Inventory® is used by West Point to measure the character development of future military officers.


Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, North Carolina State University

M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College

M.S., Psychology and Leader Development, Long Island University

B.S., Criminology, Radford University


Eric was a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists