7 Best Coaching Books Update 05/2022

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The fact that most books about coaching seem to be written for people who want to be leaders first is interesting.

So, coaching can also be a management or leadership style, and this helps organizations get the most out of their people. If you work as a coach, you know this is true. It’s great that organizations are finally catching on to this. But this means that it can be hard to find good books written for coaches because there aren’t that many.

It has even changed its focus in the last two editions. But there is a little bit of light.

She wrote The Heart of Laser, which is about lasers.

Focused Coaching is only for coaches. As a coach, Dr. Marcia Reynolds’s book “Coach the Person, Not the Problem” is a good read (and also contains sage advice for leaders who are coaching their staff). Curly Martin’s Life Coaching Handbook, on the other hand, is written just for life coaches, even though it is a little outdated.

If you read Thomas Leonard’s book The Portable Coach, you might think it’s a book about how to improve your own life. I don’t think that coaching is all that important. It’s more about the beliefs and habits and mindsets that go along with coaching. Because it makes you think, I love it.

It looks like there are a lot of different coaching books out there for you to choose from. There are coaching books from the early days all the way up to books that will be out in 2020.

Top Best Coaching Books

Co-Active Coaching (Fourth Edition)

Co-Active Coaching (Fourth Edition)

The proven framework for transformative conversations at work and in life

by Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandhal, Laura Whitworth

This coaching book is a great introduction to coaching, with ideas, inspiration, exercises, and more. It gives a good overview of coaching, as well as a lot of ideas, inspiration, and other things.

Book: Stephen R. Covey called it “the bible of coaching guides.” It’s about the real dance of coaching, and it has advice on how to do it well. It’s written in a way that both soothed and inspired people who want to learn how to be a better coach. It has exercises, practices, examples, and concrete advice – and it’s easy to read, so it’s a good book.

The Co-Active Coaching model is a powerful way to communicate that anyone can use to build stronger (or better) relationships with other people.

It’s important to note that the two most recent editions of this book have been “extensively revised” to look at coaching and leadership, which is a hot topic right now. So if you work as a life coach, you might want to get the second edition.

The book is good for people who are thinking about becoming a coach, new coaches, and non-CTI-trained coaches who want a coaching framework.

Coaching for Performance (fifth edition)

The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership

by Sir John Whitmore

This is a great book that was updated in 2017 to mark its 25th anniversary. It sums up the art of coaching in an organizational setting. This book still comes in handy when I need to look up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It also gives a good overview of the GROW Model.

The goal of the book is to look into how to use coaching to help people reach their full potential and do well at work. It talks about what coaching is, why it works, and how it came to be in the first place. Ideas for how coaching can help people stay motivated, find a sense of purpose, and get things done are also given in the text.

Later editions of the book talk about emotional intelligence and how to be a high-performance leader.

One of the first three books that every coach should read should be this one. It’s easy to read and has short powerful chapters that are easy to understand.

If you’re a coach who’s just starting out, this book is especially good for you. It includes coaching basics, Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, the GROW Model and more.

The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching

A Revolutionary Approach to Masterful Coaching

by Marion Franklin 

There is a good chance this book will help you become a better and more effective coach.

To write down your thoughts and ideas for your clients, you’ll want to have a pen and a notebook next to you while you read this book. It’s full of ideas.

Examples show how the Laser Coaching method can make a big difference in both what the coach focuses on and the results that can be achieved. There are a lot of good ones. And I also like that we are asked questions throughout the book to help us think about what we’ve learned on our own.

In my job as a coach, I thought the ideas were very interesting. As a group, we agreed with many of the things that were said. I have also been given some new, very practical ideas to try.

If you’ve been coaching for a long time, or if you feel like you’ve gotten stuck in a rut, this book will help you get back on track.

The Portable Coach

The Portable Coach

28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success

by Thomas J. Leonard

I couldn’t leave out this book by one of the first coaches and the founder of Coach University. It’s a fun and inspirational read.

A lot of fun ideas are in this book, and it’s also great for coaches to use on their own.

The book is broken up into 28 easy-to-read chapters, each one based on a single rule or idea. Each principle has 10 ways to use each chapter idea. With quotes, distinctions to make, and “How to know you’re making progress with this principle” in every chapter, it’s a great book to pick up and read a page at random at any time to get some ideas for your work.

It’s a good book if you like positive thinking, believe that our beliefs make us who we are and how we live our lives, and want to find a better way.

P.S. If you need a quick copywriting lesson, just read the chapter headings!

All kinds of coaches and their clients will like this.

The Discomfort Zone

How Leaders turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs

by Dr Marcia Reynolds

In this book, Marcia gives examples, tips, and techniques that help coaches move from transactional, results-only coaching to breakthrough coaching.

All we need to be great coaches is full-body presence and courage, so we’re told to listen with our whole bodies, from our head, heart, and gut.

How to help clients see through long-term blind spots, how to sum up our own courage, and how to let our clients be uncomfortable because this is where the transformation happens.

This book is not meant to be used as a guide for every coaching conversation. Instead, this book is meant to help you help your clients have a shift, or a breakthrough, when the time is right. Using “Discomfort Zones” to help our clients grow is what we do.

Good for: Executive and Leadership Coaches, as well as Coaches who want to improve the way they help their clients grow.

Coach the Person, Not the Problem

A Guide to Using Reflective Inquiry

by Dr Marcia Reynolds

All too often, Marcia sees coaches “checklist coaching” or trying to find the “perfect coaching question,” which takes us away from being present and responsive to our clients and takes us away from being present and responsive.

This book is about how coaches can use reflective inquiry with their clients in order to be more present and be better at what they do.

She then talks about some “crazy” coaching beliefs and why coaching is so powerful. This is the first of three parts in a book. Then, she looks at five important practices, like Active Replay, Goaltending, and the title “Coach the Person, Not the Problem.” When Marcia is done, she tells us about three important mental habits that we should all have as coaches.

This is a book about coaching skills, and it’s full of tips, techniques, examples, and more. It should help all coaches learn how to “dance in the moment” so they can help their clients be more powerful and change their lives.

All Coaches, but especially those who want to improve their practices and habits so they can be better coaches.

Effective Group Coaching

Tried and Tested Tools and Resources for Optimum Group Coaching Results

by Jennifer J. Britton

Jennifer Britton is a leader in both team and group coaching, as well as virtual coaching and working from home.

If you plan to work with groups in any way, this book is your bible. This includes webinars, workshops, team or group coaching, and so on. As a coach, it’s likely that you’ll work with a group at some point.

In this book, you’ll learn about group coaching, how groups work, what core skills and best practices are, how to design your own group program, and more!

There are checklists in this book, as well as an appendix with group exercises that you can do. There are also practical examples, tables, and a lot of tips for anyone who coaches groups.

The only thing that could be called a flaw is that this book was written in 2010. It still talks about phone coaching and teleseminars when technology has obviously moved on to video. That’s not true, though. The advice still holds true whether you’re talking on the phone or video. The practical, organized help and advice in this book is so important that I still recommend this book with all my heart.

Any coach who wants to learn how to work with groups, teams, or teach workshops will like this book.

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