Dr. J.R. Flatter is a leadership practitioner, scholar, professor, and consultant for government and commercial organizations across the globe.  He primarily focuses his academic and consulting engagements on developing leadership competencies through organizational leadership development programs – moving his customer’s knowledge over time from Awareness to Familiarity, then Proficiency, and finally onto the lifelong pursuit of leadership Mastery.

J.R. has served as Flatter, Inc.’s Chairman since its founding in 2002.  In this position, he leads Flatter’s global operations from the front – visiting each program personally to ensure his teams are motivated and performing up to Flatter’s standards of excellence. 

Prior to founding Flatter, Inc., J.R. served 22 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps – rising from Private to Staff Sergeant before receiving a commission as a Lieutenant and eventually retiring as a Major. 

J.R. Flatter, Ph.D.

Founder and Owner


University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Naval Postgraduate School 

Master of Science in Management

The George Washington University

Ph.D. in Public Administration with a concentration in Leadership Development


J.R. was born on a small plot of land in the northeastern corner of Washington State.  He calls his home a “farm,” but the only things that grew with much success on the steep hills and jagged rocks were children; as his parents eventually had seven in the decade between their teens and twenties.  He is now the proud husband of the former Alicia Flores; father to their four grown children; and grandfather to their seven grandchildren (and counting!).

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Flatter Leadership’s theoretical expertise, born from decades of research and lecture, provides the necessary scholastic rigor to ensure our programs are both valid and leading edge. Experience (Practice): Given our decades of active leadership experience, Flatter Leadership brings solutions that are tested and tried. Likewise, we purposefully draw on the leadership experience from our Customers to provide key content. Technique (Methods): Flatter Leadership uses adult-learning techniques that transform our tacit knowledge into explicit learning engagements that are easily learned, retained, and applied. We Train-the-Trainer (T3) instruction for all program participants to ensure they deliver excellence.


Many years of experience successfully leading teams & organizations


Extensive workforce development experience to accurately diagnose training needs, create relevant courses that truly improve job performance and present interesting, thought-provoking courses that improve leadership performance.

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