Leadership Embodiment Coach Training

Train the Trainer

Leadership Embodiment is a stand alone embodied coaching model, and can also serve as a body based coaching component alongside other coaching models.

2018 LE Coach Training Offering

At George Washington University

What do we do?

Leadership Embodiment (LE) practices develop centered, powerful leadership. Centered leadership incorporates mindful interest in the situation, the ability to shift from reactive reflexes to responsive choices.

Working with the body directly is a straightforward way of accessing the more skillful, effective and compassionate responses to stress.


Research tells us that 70% of communication is non-verbal.

“Most of what we do is neither conscious nor volitional. Until we become aware of what drives us, be it thoughts, emotions or body dispositions, we are powerless to change. The body takes a shape before the mind consciously identifies a thought or feeling. Our physical being is the most direct point of intervention.” – Janet Crawford

We aspire to be more centered, mindful, and compassionate as leaders, but return again and again to unskillful reactions and habits, especially when stressed or when faced with conflict. The physical expression and shape of our pattern can be observed in our posture, the way we sit and stand.


LE techniques flush out our physical reaction patterns by using simulators for stress in the form of mild physical pressure, words, and thoughts.

Practicing with a simulator accelerates our ability to recognize our personal pattern as it emerges in our response to a particular stressor.

During LE training, we explore our habitual reactions to stressful situations, then learn and practice LE techniques that shift the way we sit and stand to give us greater access to our innate capacity for wisdom, confidence and compassion.

The LE Coach Training offering

The LECT is a 6-month certification training that offers participants the concepts, language and structure of how we share the LE model with individuals and groups. The LE model certification can be an invaluable tool for coaches, facilitators, teachers and others as a standalone coaching model or as an additional somatic resource.

Program Details

The LE training is tailored to professional coaches and facilitators and offers a range of training exercises with a focus on working with individuals as well as small teams or groups.
LECT is recommended as a stand alone embodied coaching model, or as a somatic component to other coaching models. The somatic exercises have equivalent conversational exercises so that clients can be worked with in multiple modalities.

Training: Sessions and Practice

The 6-month LECT program consists of 3 training sessions; each is typically 4 days long. Sessions are held every 2 months from the start of the program year.

In addition to the training sessions, trainees will:

  • Receive individual coaching from Session Instructors (e.g. Wendy and Tiphani Palmer)
  • Receive mentor coaching from LE Associates
  • Be assigned to a trainee practice group for the duration of the training. Practice groups will be expected to meet or Skype at least twice between training session blocks.
  • Trainees take on at least one practice coaching client for the program.


Meditation is an integral part of the training, and participants are asked to engage in a minimum of 15 minutes of meditation per day. Participants will be asked to report on their meditation experiences or insights at the beginning of every training session.


Participants receive a Training Binder that includes schedules, program guidelines, and the Training Manual. Participants are given access to a Teachers Community Portal online and are expected to log into and use that site for communication, reporting and discussion throughout the course. (The portal will be a continuing community resource.)

Graduation and Certification

Upon graduation from the LECT program, participants will be certified in the LE model and entitled to use it with groups, organizations and individuals. Graduates receive a range of privileges and offerings, including access to professional association, ongoing teaching community participation, and special courses.

LECT Exercises:

Fundamental LE Model Structure

Partner centering – The core recovery tool
Centered listening – Difficult conversations / Receiving feedback
Speaking up-Inspiration – Taking action with inspired power

Additional Exercises:

Taking Risks
Visibility & Transparency
Success & Failure
Entering & Including
Turning the Room
Connect and Release

LECT program graduates that are interested in teaching the LE Fundamentals (the prerequisite public course offerings) will need additional training modules.

LECT Prerequisites

The LE Fundamentals course series cover the following exercises, which trainees entering the program are expected to have some personal skill with before joining LECT:

LE Fundamentals – Level 1 Course Material:

  • Partner Centering Basic and 3 variations
  • Advocating w/resistance
  • Advocating / Listening
  • Leader / Follower
  • Entering In

LE Fundamentals – Level 2 Course Material:

  • Review Partner Centering Basic and multiple variations
  • Success exercise
  • Sword work for Advocating
  • Multiple Incomings practice
  • Partner 2 Step
  • Declaration statement 5 ways

LE Fundamentals Retreat may cover L1&2 Course Material and:

  • Review Partner Centering Basic and multiple variations
  • Success exercise w/ sword
  • Declaration statement 5 ways
  • Partner sword practice
  • Group 2 Step


“As a college professor rather than a professional coach I wasn’t sure if I would be able to incorporate LE into my teaching. But the LECT has taught me how to “chunk down” the mindful wisdom of LE and weave it seamlessly into my classes. It has been a most unexpected joy to see how quickly and eagerly my 18-22 year olds have taken to the ways of “centering” under the pressure. They love the challenge, and so do I.”

– Stephen Esposito – Professor Boston University

“Leadership Embodiment has given me simple practices that are easily accessible in my daily life. I am more resilient and have the capacity to deal with paradox and difficulties with more balance and ease. Even teenage children!

From a coaching perspective, I am able to offer my clients practices that have a profound impact on their ability. In essence they develop resourceful states that are available to them when dealing with challenge and pressure.”

– Karen White, Integral Coach and Regional Director for LE