As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

We live at a remarkable moment in human history – a time in which society is restless, technology is transformative, and change is constant. This ceaseless dynamism is accompanied by a slackening of mooring lines that for a dozen generations have anchored our uniquely American experiment in self-rule.

Dr. John C. Maxwell cites a “leadership deficit” in corporate America, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse identifies a society of “vanishing American adults,” and many observers seem keenly aware of the shortcomings of our public officials.

At this time of realignment and uncertainty, one thing is clear: we have a duty to sharpen our next generation of leaders.

That’s why we founded The Grindstone Institute.

Grindstone is built on the premise that leaders are made, not born, and that civilized, democratic society has an obligation to develop them. We believe that leaders are sharpened over time through a process of reflection, intentionality, and hard work – and that it is our responsibility to pass the wisdom of the ages to future generations so they may thrive and live productive, meaningful lives. Grindstone exists to help grow such people – noble, brave, generous, patriotic, hard-working leaders – who wish to use their unique talents to serve others and improve our community, nation, and world.

Our Vision

To recruit, cultivate, and sharpen future generations of American leaders.

Our Mission

As Berea, Ohio grindstones were famous for sharpening tools, The Grindstone Institute will be renowned for sharpening people by helping them hone the leadership skills our community, nation, and world need.  Offering a robust portfolio of personal assessment tools, team workshops, and one-on-one coaching sessions, Grindstone will develop leaders who seek to use their unique talents to serve others while realizing durable, lifelong improvement.  Our clients – from students to young professionals to seasoned executives – receive value from our work by gaining a deeper understanding of what motivates them and how to optimize individual talents to achieve their unique purpose in life.