Brian Flanigan

Brian Flanagan

Executive Leadership Coach
Career Background

Brian is an experienced leadership coach, university lecturer, and organizational leader. He combines deep expertise in the science of leadership development with extensive practical experience leading and coaching in organizations. His hallmark is fostering rich learning and decisive action in service of business and career goals. Brian challenges and supports clients as they explore their vision and values, develop new leadership skills, and increase their influence and impact. Ultimately, Brian’s coaching approach is designed to bolster confidence and resilience in the face of ambiguity, transition, and change.

Brian has worked with founders, executives, and emerging executives across a range of industries: technology, finance, professional and business services, consumer goods, retail trade, automotive, manufacturing, health care, government, nonprofit, and higher education.

  • Founder & Principal, Water’s Edge Leadership Institute
  • Lecturer in Management & Organizations, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
Education & Certifications

Brian is an avid reader and passionate, polymathic learner with degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Grand
Valley State University. He received his coach training and certification from the Co-Active Training Institute. He’s an
experienced practitioner with several evidence-backed tools:

  • Michigan Model of Leadership & Competing Values Framework
  • Integrative Enneagram Solutions
  • Positive Intelligence
  • Clifton StrengthsQuest
  • VIA Character Strength
  • Reflected Best Self
  • Leadership Development
  • Team & Culture Leadership
  • Self-Awareness & Authorship
  • Human Performance & Wellbeing
  • Emotional & Interpersonal Intelligence
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Skill Building & Habit Formation
  • Co-Developed the Michigan Model of Leadership
  • Co-Founded the Sanger Leadership Center at the University of Michigan
  • Co-Founded the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University