Sharon Flinder

Sharon Flinder


Vice President

Dr. Sharon Flinder is Executive Director of Applied Psychology at Transformation Systems, Inc. (TSI). Sharon also serves as Executive Coaching Practice Leader for TSI, and she is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) with a specialization in executive and leadership coaching. She coaches leaders to increase their effectiveness by developing greater self-awareness of personal and interpersonal dynamics. She is committed to helping leaders create their desired results and best leverage their network and staff. She integrates assessment instruments into her practice, frequently using 360 Degree Feedback. She has coached leaders from the private sector, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Federal Executive Institute, including Senior Executive Service leaders, for over ten years, logging more than 1000 hours of coaching. Her coaching framework is based on the Leadership Effectiveness and Potential (LEAP) model originated by Dr. Marta Wilson, CEO of TSI, which explains why some people advance to the leading edge of performance, while others with similar experience and ability do not. The LEAP framework helps individuals expand results, leverage relationships, integrate their environment, and inspire performance. Sharon loves her clients and is committed to both their success and their happiness.


As an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Sharon’s area of expertise is individual, group, and organizational performance. At the individual and group levels, she specializes in assessment, coaching, and development of leaders. At the organizational level, she works to align motivational systems with organizational goals, including training and development systems, performance appraisal and feedback systems, and compensation and reward systems. Since 1996, she has served as a subject matter expert and consultant within a large number of Program Executive Offices and Commands across the U.S.  Navy and Marine Corps to help leaders achieve their goals. Currently, Sharon leads a team of executive coaches and training specialists in delivering the Advanced LEAP Program to thousands of individuals as part of a large-scale transformation initiative within an organization based in the Greater Los Angeles area.


Sharon received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Virginia Tech. Sharon’s Certifications include:

  • Board Certified Coach (BCC) – Center for Credentialing & Education
  • Leadership Practices Inventory 360 Assessment – College of Executive Coaching
  • Proficient Executive 360-Degree Feedback – Psychological Associates
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Center for Application of Psychological Type
  • Emotional Intelligence QuickScan – College of Executive Coaching
  • Etiquette and Protocol Consultant – Protocol School of Washington