About Carl H. Sharperson, Jr.

Carl Sharperson Jr. is a Leadership Innovation Strategist, speaker, author, and coach. He specializes in taking leaders from mediocre to maximizing their potential in work and personal life. He is passionate about this message because he understands that most people are working at only 50% capacity due to lack of clear leadership, development or job fit. He transforms his audience and coaching clients through his proprietary Sharp Leadership coaching process as well as drawing from his unique experiences the military, Corporate America and entrepreneurship.   

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former United States Marine Corps pilot with a BS in Engineering, Carl documented those experiences in the books Short Rations for Marines and For My Son’s and Brothers. Following his service, he went on to hold a number of senior sales and operational positions with Procter and Gamble, Frito Lay, and Colgate Palmolive. In fact, he was the Vice President of Manufacturing for an international sports company, when he felt the tug towards entrepreneurship. He then launched Sharperson’s Executive Leadership in 2000, where his executive clients include: Harley Davidson, GlaxoSmithKline, Sara Lee, BMW, Edward Jones, Houston Independent School District, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, University of North Carolina, and Chick-fil-A, just to name a few.  

As a speaker, Carl travels nationally with the Navy's Speaking Bureau, inspiring students to investigate the military training, as well as sharing his message of leadership innovation with colleges, churches, conferences, and corporations. Additionally, Carl partners with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC, as an adjunct trainer, where he specializes in executive coaching, leadership, and organizational development. 

Meeting with leaders in various stages of life inspired him to create Sharp Leadership Academy. In the academy, he develops leaders through group coaching, VIP one-on-one coaching, and downloadable resources. His most requested coaching program and speaking topic is focused on Servant Leadership.  

Carl recognizes the value of giving back and works on several community and faith-based initiatives, serving as a mentor and a resource to maximize the potential of youth today. Carl and his wife make their home in the upstate of SC, and are proud parents of a son and daughter.