Faculty and Staff

Dr. Michael Cherry

Name: Dr. Michael Cherry
Title: Professor of Organizational Leadership

Office Location: SB-108-N
Email: cherrymi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5562

Education & Certifications:

  • Ed.D., Olivet Nazarene University
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame
  • MBA, San Jose State University
  • B.S. Santa Clara University


Mike serves as a trusted adviser to high potential leaders and groups to improve their leadership impact, collaboration, and productivity to drive business success and achieve personal fulfillment. He has coached in a variety of organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, and has worked with business owners and executives in financial services, insurance, healthcare and more. Mike works best with individuals and groups that have an intense desire to improve their leadership and function. Mike leverages evidence based coaching practices, his experience and education to prepare leaders to manage change, engage cross functional teams, and effectively influence organizational strategy. Mike’s coaching approach blends client’s strengths, areas for improvement, and business objectives to create, and execute on, a customized development plan.

Mike believes everyone deserves to discover themselves, achieve success, and become outstanding leaders. We draw inspiration from the quote, "To coach" comes from the root meaning, "to bring a person from where they are to where they want to be." (David Cottrell). Coaching is important to Mike because it supports people to think 'big' and take action to achieve goals and dreams. Coaching can be a transformative experience. What Mike values most about coachees/clients is how much they learn together. Coaching is a co-created process and it is an honor to be part of clients’ development journeys. Through coaching individuals become better leaders and because of this create better teams. Finally, when people are on better teams they are, more likely, to become involved in other activities that create better communities.

Mike has achieved a number of certifications over the course of his education and coaching experiences. These certifications include achieving the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credential & Education (CCE). Mike believes in ‘evidence-based coaching’ so has been certified in a number of assessments including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong Interest Inventory, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO), the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and the Center for Creative Leadership’s 360 Feedback Tools. Mike’s education background includes an Organizational & Leadership Coaching Certificate from Lewis University, an Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, and an MSA in Not-for-Profit Management from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Mike has an MBA in Leadership & Organizational Change from San José State University and his undergraduate degree is a BSC in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

In addition to Mike’s experience as a coach, he is currently a Professor of Organizational Leadership for the College of Business at Lewis University. Lewis University's Organizational Leadership program focuses on the human side of leadership in the workplace, teaching how people function and how leaders can help them reach their full potential. Some of the courses that Mike teaches include leadership theory, organizational design, and team development.

Courses Taught:
  • ORGL-42000 Conflict Management
  • ORGL-36000 Positive Leadership
  • ORGL-40000 Learning in Organizations
  • ORGL-59200 Workplace Research: Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • ORGL-45000 Capstone: Future of Leadership
  • ORGL-54900 Coaching Assessments and Research
  • ORGL-52400 Leading Change
  • ORGL-53900 Conflict Management
  • Catholic Cemetery Conference Workshops for the School of Human Resources and School of Leadership (June 10-13, 2019)
  • ORGL-42000 Leadership for Service
  • ORGL-56100 Organizational Cultures and Systems
  • GSEM-66700 001 Workshop: Advanced Business Ethics
  • ORGL-43000 Organizational Communication
  • ORGL-59500 Capstone: Leadership and the Future
Courses Taught:
  • ORGL-42000 Conflict Management
  • ORGL-36000 Positive Leadership
  • ORGL-40000 Learning in Organizations

Presentations and Publications:

  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). The 12 virtues of a good teacher leader. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 62(02), 22-23. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). Leading with Heart. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 62(03), 38-41. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Named 2023 Reviewer of the Year for the Organizational Development Journal.
  • Cherry, M. (September 29, 2022). Management Jump Start. Christian Brothers Services.
  • Cherry, M. (October 13, 2022). LaSalle on Leadership I. Leadership in Action Seminar Series.
  • Cherry, M. (November 2 & December 12, 2022). Introduction to Myers Briggs to build a better team. Christian Brothers Services.
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). Positive leadership: Strategies for extraordinary performance. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(11), 34-35. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). Top workplace trends 2022. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(6), 20-23. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). To get results the best leaders both push and pull their team. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(7), 38-39. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Cherry, M. (2022). High impact communication. Leadership in Action, January 20, 2022.
  • Cherry, M. (2022). Right from the start. Leadership in Action. February 17, 2022.
  • Cherry, M. (2022). Transitions at work: Change management strategies. Romeoville Chamber of Commerce Presentation.
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). The four faces of coaching: Finding the natural coach in me. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(1), 20-23. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). The power of feedback. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(2), 22-25. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). Right from the start: Address the challenges of a new leader. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(3), 22-24. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). There is no “I” in teamwork: Teams for today. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(4), 22-23. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M., & Page, L. (2022). Article review: Level 5 Leadership: The triumph of humility and fierce resolve. Catholic Cemetery Magazine, 61(5), 20-22.. https://catholiccemeteryconference.org/magazine/article-index/
  • Belgio, E., Boysen, S., Cherry, M., Kerth, S., Lavine, K., Page, L., & Tsai, K. The future of work and people development. 2021 Midwest Academy of Management. October 15, 2021.
  • Boysen, S., Cherry, M. & Page, L. Certificates and Assessment: A Link Between Student Learning and Industry Credentials. IUPUI 2021 Assessment Institute. October 27, 2021.
  • Grgruvoic, M. & Cherry, M. Community of Practice: Culturally Responsive Teaching. Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). November 6, 2021.
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