Faculty and Staff

Dr. Sheila Boysen

Name: Dr. Sheila Boysen
Title: Professor of Organizational Leadership

Office Location: SB-102-N
Email: boysensh@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 588-7099

Education & Certifications:

  • Ph.D., Benedictine University
  • M.B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • B.S., University of Illinois
  • Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) through the Association of Talent Development (ATD)


Sheila is an experienced professor, executive leadership coach, author specializing in leadership development and coaching. Her experience in enabling positive change, as a leader across multiple industries and roles enables her to bring a blend of corporate leadership and an understanding of team dynamics into play. She supports her clients to grow as leaders, achieve results, and to develop their own leadership competencies.

Sheila brings extensive senior HR experience to the classroom. Prior to starting a leadership coaching and development business, Sheila was a human resources leader in organizations that spanned several industries in both public and private organizations. Her focus was on the people side of the business, including leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and performance optimization. In 2010, Sheila transitioned into full time coaching, leadership development, and teaching at the graduate level. Having navigated the politics and the complexities of managing up, down, and cross functionally, Sheila brings her corporate knowledge and experience to provide a uniquely relevant perspective to her work.

Sheila completed her coaching education at the University of Texas at Dallas in their Executive, Professional and Career Coaching program. She received the highest level of certification as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation. Her doctoral studies at Benedictine University in Organization Development include extensive research on coaching effectiveness and strategic talent development. Since becoming a certified coach over a decade ago, she has worked with over 900 clients in all areas of industry. Her coaching style encompasses solution focused approach that helps individuals and groups to uncover their passion, leadership aptitude, and values and apply these elements to their lives and work.

Sheila brings a unique blend of business experience, leadership development expertise and a solid understanding of what it takes to be successful in today’s organizations. She is recognized for her integrity, commitment to excellence, and ability to deliver results. As a master certified coach, Sheila has worked with executives to be authentic and effective leaders.

Sheila is known as someone who can quickly establish trust and help individuals focus on what’s most important. Her coaching has supported leaders to be able to improve both results and how they work with others. Sheila is passionate about helping leaders increase self-awareness, improve leadership skills, and broaden their understanding of what enables them to be successful.

Courses Taught:
  • ORGL-50100: Introduction to Leadership
  • ORGL-50200: Direct Research Study
  • ORGL-50900: Leadership Theory and Practice
  • ORGL-51200: Assessing Leadership Skills
  • ORGL-52400: Leading Change
  • ORGL-52700: Building Teams
  • ORGL-53600: Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility
  • ORGL-53900: Conflict Management
  • ORGL-54500: Coaching and Mentoring
  • ORGL-54600: Introduction Professional and Executive Coaching
  • ORGL-54700: Coaching Methodologies
  • ORGL-54800: Building a Coaching Practice
  • ORGL-54900: Coaching Research
  • ORGL-57700: Training and Development
  • ORGL-59200: Workplace Research
  • ORGL-59500: Capstone: Leadership and the Future
  • HRMN-37000: Organizational Compensation
  • Boysen, S., Page, L., Arya, T. (2021). Organizational and Executive Coaching: Creating a Coaching Culture in a Non-Profit. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring, 19 (2), 27-40.
  • Page, L., Boysen, S., Arya, T. (2021). Creating a Culture that Thrives- Fostering Respect, Trust, and Psychological Safety in the Workplace. Organization Development Review. 28-35.
  • Arya, T., Page, L., Boysen, S. (2021) Effective Work Cultures: The Alignment Between Marketing/Communications and HR Efforts. Journal of Marketing and HR. 11 (1), 1-16.
  • Boysen, S. (2020). Executive Coaching History: Growing out of Organization Development. The Coaching Psychologist, 16 (2), 14-29. (scheduled for digital publication in September)
  • Page, L., Boysen, S. and Arya, T. (2020). Respect: The Foundation of a Successful Nonprofit Work Culture. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 51 (1), 1-16.
  • Boysen, S. (2020) Introduction to Professional and Executive Coaching. 2nd edition. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Page, L., Boysen, S., Hullet, E. (2020). Are You a Robot? Revitalizing Online Learning and Discussion Boards for Today’s Modern Learner. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.
  • Page, L., Boysen, S. and Arya, T. (2019). Creating a culture that thrives: Fostering respect, trust and psychological safety in the workplace. Organization Development Review, 51 (1), 28-35.
  • Boysen, S, (2018). Coaching Effectiveness: Coach and Coachee Characteristics that Lead to Success. Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal. Vol. 3, 6-26.
  • Boysen, S. (2018) Introduction to Professional and Executive Coaching. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M. et al.(2017) Organizational Coaching Outcomes: comparison of a practitioner survey and findings from the literature. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 16. 159-166.
  • Cherry, M., Boysen, S. (2016). What Theories of Leadership Are Implicit In a Coach Approach? Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal. Vol 1.
  • Kudonoo, E., Schroeder, K., Boysen, S. (2012). An Olympic Transformation: Creating an Organizational Culture that Promotes Healthy Conflict. Organization Development Journal, 51-66.