John S.

Lybarger, Ph.D.

Senior Principal

As a member of Korn Ferry's U.S. Government Consulting Services Dr. Lybarger assumes a leadership role in many U.S. government program strategic initiatives.

Dr. Lybarger has a successful track record in organization development consulting, leadership development program design and management, facilitation, and executive coaching program management. He is respected for his creativity, strategic thinking, and customer orientation. Dr. Lybarger has a unique ability to unite the art and science of consulting and coaching to produce results that deliver mission impact.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 2020, Dr. Lybarger was the president of Lybarger & Associates, Inc from 2001 to 2020. His client work was focused on federal public service where he managed multimillion dollar, multi-year client engagement projects on enterprise-wide leadership development and executive coaching for agencies in the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and the Intelligence community.

Dr. Lybarger held executive leadership positions as Owner, President, CEO and Executive Director, in various healthcare and social services organizations where he had P&L accountability, geographically dispersed teams, and business development responsibility.

Dr. Lybarger earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and an M.B.A, with a Management concentration from California Coast University, his M.S. in Counseling from the California State University at Fullerton, and  his B.S. in Christian Education from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Dr. Lybarger is currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in General Psychology with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.  He holds the Master Certified Coach Credential (MCC), the International Coaching Federation's highest credential held by less than 1,100 people globally. He is also a board-certified coach (BCC) from the Center for Credentialing and Education with specialty certifications in Career Coaching, Executive/Corporate/Business/Leadership Coaching, Health/Wellness Coaching and Personal/Life Coaching. He is active in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences, and the International Coaching Federation.