Below you can read my “official” bio and background.  But, I wanted to share a few things about how I ended up where I am today.

I grew up in an entrepreneurial business.  My parents owned their own business starting the year I was born.  I think owning my own business has always been in my blood.

I started my career in retail.  (Did I mention my parents owned a retail store?  Oh, the impact those early years make on the future…..)  I worked for Dayton’s Department Store in management and buying positions.  I met the love of my life at Dayton’s.  We were married and started a family while we were both working at Dayton’s.

My husband was offered a relocation, which meant I would no longer be able to work for Dayton’s.  Working for my husband would have been a BAD idea!  So, we relocated to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  I cried for weeks over leaving my job and moving.  What in the world would I do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota?

Once we were settled into our new location, it was time for me to answer that question.  What I knew was I loved mentoring others and had some definitely ideas on what organizations could do to more effectively assist their employees with leadership and career development.  The vision I had of what I could do became clear.  Now, it was time to gain the skills I would need to make that vision a reality.

I decided to go back to school and earn my doctorate in psychology.  I was able to convince the doctoral program to allow me to partner with the business school in researching and writing my dissertation on mentoring.  After what seemed like an eternity (and a pound of flesh), I finished my doctorate and was ready to go.

We moved back to Minneapolis/St. Paul just after I finished my degree.  I built a program, knocked on doors and found several companies that were willing to take a chance on my “new” programs.  I am so grateful to have worked with a wide variety of organizations and individuals over the last 25 years.  AND, I am delighted by the success the individuals, teams and organizations have experienced as a result of our work together.

Fast forward to today.  Over the years, the field of leadership development has grown and expanded. We know more in the last 5 years than we did in the last 50.  I have continued to expand my knowledge and tools to represent the most forward thinking foundations of leadership development.  Additionally, the books I have written, as well as the tools and resources I bring, are my perspectives on what leaders of today need and want to create greater confidence, focus and success.

Thank you for the opportunity to bring these tools to you.  No matter where you are on your leadership journey, I know there is something here for you.



cheryls-photos-004Cheryl Leitschuh, Ed.D., RCC

Leadership Development Consultant
Cheryl@The Leadership Energy.com
Summary of Experience
Dr. Cheryl Leitschuh, Ed.D. is a leadership development consultant and specializes in personal and professional success. She assists companies in achieving their key business objectives by fully capitalizing on a single line of their balance sheet — their human resources potential. She uses powerful programming, assessments and technology to harness and maximize the untapped potential of a company’s human resources assets.

Cheryl is a gifted transitions coach who has the insight and intuition to being her clients the right tools at the right time. Her depth of understanding and appreciation for the individual’s unique talents and abilities maximized the success and fulfillment for both the individual and the organization.

As a frequent national speaker and television and radio personality, Cheryl speaks on an assortment of topics related to career vision, organizational leadership and enhancing human talent. Cheryl’s latest books, The Leadership Energy:  Unlocking the Secrets To Your Success, was released August 2013 and became an Amazon best seller in 5 days.  She has also authored three other books: Power Learning: Career Development Strategies That Work; A Structured Mentoring Process and Staying and Standing Women.

Business, Education and Professional Affiliations

Cheryl is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of Professional Women.  She  is past chair of  the AICPA Women’s Initiative and Work/Life Balance Committee.  She has served on numerous non-profit boards focusing on women and children.


Cheryl holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology and counseling.  She is a Registered Corporate Coach with the World Association of Business Coaches. Her dissertation was “A Descriptive Study of Mentoring From the Perspective of Mentors in Business and Industry.”


What do other say about working with Cheryl?

Click here for testimonials from her clients.