Certified Empathy-Driven Leadership Coach (CEDLC)

Non-Contact Education Hours


(Free with Membership)
The Certified Empathy-Driven Leadership (CEDLC) course curriculum was designed to provide students with practical training that will enable them to enhance morale and increase productivity by apply the 5 Skills of Highly Empathic Leaders: 1) Lead in a Righteous Manner, 2) Suspend Judgment, 3) Seek to Understand, 4) Acknowledge Subjective Experiences and 5) Maintain a Collaborative Spirit.

Through peer, group and facilitator led discussions and exercises, participants will gain a deeper of understanding of what it means to lead with empathy and learn how to apply leadership development tools, self-awareness tools, morale enhancement tools, empathic responding tools, and accountability tools. By the course’s end participants will truly understand the value of demonstrating empathy to create an environment where employees can perform exceptionally well.

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Empathy and Leadership Education and Certification


Students must complete Certified Professional Coach (CPC) training prior to enrolling in CEDLC.

Program Details:

After completing CPC, students are invited to take the CEDLC course which adds additional 16 hours.

Self-paced: Work at your own pace 

Frequency: Once

Delivery Format: On-demand

Understanding Empathy-Driven Leadership (Module 1)

  • Describe Organizational Success
  • Identify workplace factors that influence employee performance and organizational success
  • Explain the connection between morale and productivity and what it means to lead in a courageous and hopeful manner
  • Define leadership and two types of leaders
  • Explain Why Empathy-Driven Leadership Matters and how to enhance interpersonal bonding and skill building from a cognitive and behavioral perspective
  • Describe The 5 Skills of Empathy-Driven Leadership Model (EDLM)

Applying Empathy-Driven Leadership (Module 2)

  • Describe Why It Is Important to Start with Mindset to Develop Leaders?
  • Define Empathy-Driven Mindset
  • Explain how to use EDL application tools to enhance morale and increase productivity
  • Apply EDLM application tools in practice scenarios

Certification Requirements:

  • Completion of all training modules and instructional hours.
  • Proficiency in coaching methodologies demonstrated through practical assessments.
  • Submission of a 1 recording showing the application of coaching techniques.
  • Engagement in a mentor-coach relationship, culminating in a reflective analysis of the coaching journey.

Post-Certification Benefits:

  1. Accreditation as a Certified Empathy-Driven Leadership Coach (CEDLC).
  2. Membership in a community of like-minded professionals dedicated to high standards of success coaching.
  3. Opportunities for advanced certifications and specializations other niche areas of coaching.
  4. Ongoing support and resources, including updated materials, coaching tools, and access to a professional network.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Aspiring and existing life coaches seeking to enhance their coaching portfolio with a focus on success and personal achievement.
  • Individuals in leadership, educational, or counseling roles looking to incorporate success coaching into their professional services.
  • Motivational speakers and professionals interested in developing a coaching practice that inspires and motivates others to win in life.


Upon completing the BCA Coach Training Program, students will have the skills and knowledge to become effective, empathetic, and ethically responsible certified coaches. They will receive a certification as a Certified Empathy-Driven Leadership Coach (CEDLC), which recognizes their proficiency in coaching.

ONLY $399.00

Meet Your Instructor 

Dwayne L. Buckingham, Ph.D., LCSW-C, BCD

As a decorated retired veteran, life-long learner and ICF Association Certified Coach (ACC) with over 15 years of coaching experience and 25 years of experience as a board-certified and licensed clinical psychotherapist, Dr. Buckingham has empowered and transformed the lives of more than 40,000 persons worldwide.
He has 22 years of active duty experience and brings a wealth of real-world knowledge. He isn’t just providing theoretical understanding; he is offering insights from two powerful human psychology and behavior realms and wisdom gained from coaching hundreds of individuals worldwide.
Becoming a certified coach was one of the most rewarding accomplishments Dr. Buckingham has achieved on his journey toward reaching his full potential.
In addition to being a certified coach, Dr. Buckingham is also a certified facilitator of the Arbinger Institute’s Outward Mindset Leadership Model and Stephen Covey’s Leading in the Speed Trust curriculum.