The best 66 Coaching books

Coaching is a powerful tool that can facilitate personal and professional growth. By developing effective coaching skills, you can unlock the potential of individuals and teams, leading to increased performance and satisfaction. That's why we've curated a list of essential books to enhance your coaching abilities.

Our selection covers various coaching methodologies and techniques, providing you with the knowledge to create meaningful impact in the lives of those you coach. So, let's embark on this transformative journey and discover the power of coaching!
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Coaching Books: The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

The Leadership Challenge

James Kouzes and Barry Posner
How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
4.3 (96 ratings)

What's The Leadership Challenge about?

In The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner explain how anyone can become a better leader. Citing various examples from their 25 years of experience and extensive research, the authors present their theories on what makes a successful leader, and give practical advice on how to learn good leadership behavior.

Who should read The Leadership Challenge?

  • Anyone in a management position
  • Anyone leading a team of any size
  • Anyone interested in becoming a better leader

Coaching Books: Challenging Coaching by John Blakey and Ian Day

Challenging Coaching

John Blakey and Ian Day
Going Beyond Traditional Coaching to Face the FACTS
4.4 (79 ratings)

What's Challenging Coaching about?

Challenging Coaching argues that traditional coaching is limited by its therapeutic origins. Blakey and Day introduce a better alternative for the twenty-first century business environment: the FACTS approach. Its emphasis on demanding challenging Feedback, Accountability, Courageous Goals, Tension and Systems Thinking drives a client to achieve their full potential.

Who should read Challenging Coaching?

  • Anyone interested in coaching or being coached
  • Anyone interested in peak performance

Coaching Books: A Year with Peter Drucker by Joseph A. Maciariello

A Year with Peter Drucker

Joseph A. Maciariello
52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness
4.3 (74 ratings)

What's A Year with Peter Drucker about?

A Year with Peter Drucker (2014) offers a treasure trove of the management guru’s most essential insights, known as “Druckerisms.” Over decades, Peter Drucker (who died in 2005) developed a groundbreaking philosophy of leadership and success, teachings blissfully free of the jargon that dominates management studies today.

Who should read A Year with Peter Drucker?

  • Anyone who’s a fan of management guru Peter Drucker
  • Managers who want to think “beyond the boardroom”
  • Newly minted MBAs who might be wondering, "What's now?"

Coaching Books: The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

The One Minute Manager

Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Increase Productivity, Profits and your own Prosperity
4.1 (251 ratings)

What's The One Minute Manager about?

With global sales of over 13 million, The One Minute Manager is a classic that’s still changing the workplace. It explains how managers can get outstanding results from their employees while spending as little time actively managing them as possible. A one minute manager needs just three simple tools to boost productivity – and transform their company.

Who should read The One Minute Manager?

  • CEOs, managers and team leaders
  • Anyone who is or aspires to be in a leadership position
  • Anyone who wants to get more out of their working day

Coaching Books: Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen

Thanks for the Feedback

Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen
The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
4.4 (156 ratings)

What's Thanks for the Feedback about?

Thanks for the Feedback is about learning from people and experiences, whether at home or at work. It sheds light on different types of feedback and their importance, and how you can take any kind of feedback in a positive, constructive way and use it to better yourself in your career and relationships.

Who should read Thanks for the Feedback?

  • Anyone interested in self-development
  • Anyone interested in coaching and managing people
  • Anyone interested in the psychology of giving and receiving feedback

Coaching Books: Dream Year by Ben Arment

Dream Year

Ben Arment
Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love
4.1 (32 ratings)

What's Dream Year about?

Many people today are frustrated with their day-to-day jobs, because deep down they know that they’re not really living the life they desire. Dream Year helps you identify your dreams, and offers practical advice on how you can go about starting your own business to pursue them.

Who should read Dream Year?

  • Anyone who is frustrated with their current job
  • Anyone who has ever thought of starting their own business
  • Anyone who can’t quite articulate their dream

Coaching Books: Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

Flawless Consulting

Peter Block
A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
3.9 (56 ratings)

What's Flawless Consulting about?

Flawless Consulting (second edition, 2000) gives you an inside look into the art of consulting with a step-by-step guide to all the phases of a professional consultation. Whether you’re a consultant just starting your career or a business leader working with consultants, this book will show you how to successfully manage consultant-client relationships.

Who should read Flawless Consulting?

  • Junior-level consultants
  • Business owners considering hiring a consultant
  • Project managers who want to better understand consulting strategies

Coaching Books: A Team of Leaders by Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff

A Team of Leaders

Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results
3.4 (36 ratings)

What's A Team of Leaders about?

A Team of Leaders (2014) provides companies facing internal problems, such as lost productivity, high turnover and low employee commitment, with a powerful solution. These blinks outline practical methods and tools, including the five-stage team development model, to guide you toward an engaged and high-performance work environment.

Who should read A Team of Leaders?

  • People seeking to improve employee engagement in their company
  • Teams, clubs and other organizations looking to boost their performance
  • Anyone interested in workplace dynamics

Coaching Books: Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen

Growing Great Employees

Erika Andersen
Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers
3.9 (37 ratings)

What's Growing Great Employees about?

Growing Great Employees (2006) is about coaching, management and leadership. Using gardening as metaphor that runs throughout the book, consultant and CEO Erika Andersen cleverly explains how to successfully develop thriving and productive employees.

Who should read Growing Great Employees?

  • Aspiring life coaches
  • Organizers and leaders
  • Anyone responsible for other people at work

Coaching Books: Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt

Simple Rules

Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt
How to Thrive in a Complex World
4.2 (36 ratings)

What's Simple Rules about?

Simple Rules (2015) contains the ultimate rules of thumb that’ll guide you to your goals in your professional life, and your personal life too. The tips provided in these blinks will help you rediscover simplicity in an increasingly complex modern world, without committing you to a crazy checklist that takes over your life.

Who should read Simple Rules?

  • Managers struggling to keep employees engaged in their programs
  • Readers who want to overcome insomnia, lose weight or learn from Tina Fey
  • Anyone who wants to tame today’s overwhelming complexity

Coaching Books: Unlocking Potential by Michael K. Simpson

Unlocking Potential

Michael K. Simpson
Seven Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams & Organizations
4.2 (102 ratings)

What's Unlocking Potential about?

Unlocking Potential (2014) outlines practical coaching tools to help leaders, managers or supervisors better engage their teams and transform their organizations. It’s simply the most comprehensive guide to becoming a great coach!

Who should read Unlocking Potential?

  • People who aspire to be a great coach
  • Leaders in organizations of any size
  • Practicing coaches looking for inspiration

Coaching Books: Leading by Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz


Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz
4.3 (32 ratings)

What's Leading about?

In Leading (2015), one of the world’s most celebrated soccer coaches shares lessons he learned about teamwork, leadership and incredible athletic performance. His observations and experiences provide timeless insights into success in the sporting world and beyond.

Who should read Leading?

  • Anyone interested in Manchester United’s success under Ferguson
  • Team leaders, managers and coaches curious about Ferguson’s leadership style
  • Anyone interested in how to maintain success

Coaching Books: Co-Active Coaching by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl and Laura Whitworth

Co-Active Coaching

Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl and Laura Whitworth
Changing Business, Transforming Lives - The Book That Helped Define the Field of Professional Coaching
4.3 (109 ratings)

What's Co-Active Coaching about?

Co-Active Coaching (2011) is about designing an effective, empowering relationship between the client and the coach. The authors outline the cornerstones of collaborative coaching, providing applicable examples of how to achieve a successful and trusting coach-client relationship.

Who should read Co-Active Coaching?

  • Anyone who wants to become a successful coach
  • Managers who coach or mentor their staff
  • Established coaches who want to expand their knowledge

Coaching Books: Attitude Reflects Leadership  by Leo Hamblin

Attitude Reflects Leadership

Leo Hamblin
4.1 (46 ratings)

What's Attitude Reflects Leadership about?

Attitude Reflects Leadership (2015) exposes why the modern world of work is rife with bad bosses. These blinks illuminate the elements of leadership that drive top performance, from knowing the difference between managing and leading to fostering the right attitude in your team. You’ll learn that while exceptional leadership is rare, it is something you can learn.

Who should read Attitude Reflects Leadership ?

  • Managers working in leadership positions
  • Students of management programs or MBAs
  • Employees wondering why their boss is sub par

Coaching Books: The Leader as a Mensch by Bruna Martinuzzi

The Leader as a Mensch

Bruna Martinuzzi
Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow
4.3 (94 ratings)

What's The Leader as a Mensch about?

The Leader as a Mensch (2009) is a guide to becoming a great leader. Learn the importance of caring for those you lead, and how reflecting on yourself will bring you closer than ever to becoming the best leader you can be.

Who should read The Leader as a Mensch?

  • Managers and supervisors who want to become better leaders
  • Anyone wanting to improve their communication skills

Coaching Books: The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit

Michael Bungay Stanier
Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
4.5 (625 ratings)

What's The Coaching Habit about?

The Coaching Habit (2016) breaks down the elements of coaching and explains how to coach effectively. Contrary to what you might think, coaching isn’t about giving advice but instead about guiding employees to find their way to success. These blinks show how you too can become a great coach.

Who should read The Coaching Habit?

  • Managers and supervisors
  • Anyone who leads a team
  • Employees looking to improve their performance

Coaching Books: High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove

High Output Management

Andrew S. Grove
4.2 (199 ratings)

What's High Output Management about?

High Output Management (1995) is a guide to the most important skill for any entrepreneur: managing a business. These blinks explain how a leader can encourage employees to deliver their best performance.

Who should read High Output Management?

  • Students of business administration with an interest in managing teams
  • Managers wanting to better lead their teams
  • Anyone who wants to know how to run a company as successful as Intel

Coaching Books: Doing the Right Things Right by Laura Stack

Doing the Right Things Right

Laura Stack
How the Effective Executive Spends Time
4.2 (73 ratings)

What's Doing the Right Things Right about?

Doing the Right Things Right (2015) cuts to the core of successful leadership. It teaches you how to manage a team and how to work with others to achieve profitable and productive results. Get ready to feel confident and lead your team to success.

Who should read Doing the Right Things Right?

  • Executives who want to boost their leadership skills
  • Leaders on the lookout for new time-management strategies
  • Anyone who wants to improve their productivity

Coaching Books: Learning Leadership by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Learning Leadership

James Kouzes and Barry Posner
The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
4.4 (141 ratings)

What's Learning Leadership about?

Learning Leadership (2016) proves that leaders don’t have to be born with a talent for great leadership. Like any other skill, leadership is something that can be learned and improved upon. And with the help of just five fundamental strategies, you too can learn what it takes to be an effective leader. These are great tips for those who are just stepping into a leadership position or for seasoned pros looking for a fresh perspective.

Who should read Learning Leadership?

  • Executives, managers and CEOs who want to perfect their abilities
  • Anyone looking to step into a leadership role
  • Supervisors who want to improve their team’s performance

Coaching Books: The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management by Zachary Wong

The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management

Zachary Wong
Solving the Most Common People Problems for Team Leaders
4.3 (153 ratings)

What's The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management about?

The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management (2018) is a hands-on guide designed to help team leaders diagnose and solve people problems in today’s increasingly horizontal workplaces. The fruit of years of first-hand experience, Zachary Wong’s playbook for effective leadership is packed full of actionable advice on how to boost motivation, confront underperformers and push through fear of failure.

Who should read The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Leaders and managers
  • Anyone fascinated by workplace psychology

Coaching Books: Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Eric Barker
The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
4.2 (121 ratings)

What's Barking Up the Wrong Tree about?

Barking Up the Wrong Tree (2017) explores the divide between the extremely successful and the rest of the pack. These blinks draw on science, statistics and surprising anecdotes to explain the factors that determine success – and how almost anyone can attain it.

Who should read Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

  • Parents, coaches and teachers
  • Psychologists and those interested in the field
  • Anyone who wants to be more successful in life

Coaching Books: The Leader Habit by Martin Lanik

The Leader Habit

Martin Lanik
Master the Skills You Need to Lead in Just Minutes a Day
3.9 (124 ratings)

What's The Leader Habit about?

The Leader Habit (2018) details an approach to leadership development that favors practice and habit learning over rote learning of knowledge. By looking at the ways habits are developed, and by breaking down the skills necessary for successful leadership into microbehaviors, these blinks offer a structure for becoming a better leader through short training exercises.

Who should read The Leader Habit?

  • Wallflowers looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Business school students and entrepreneurs
  • Strivers who’ve failed to keep a New Year’s resolution

Coaching Books: Good People, Bad Managers by Samuel A. Culbert

Good People, Bad Managers

Samuel A. Culbert
How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions
3.9 (70 ratings)

What's Good People, Bad Managers about?

Good People, Bad Managers (2017) argues that the culture of the modern American workplace is perpetuating bad management without our being aware of it. The current management culture of self-preservation leads to behavior that actively harms well-being, productivity and motivation. Culbert explores why so many good people are trapped in the cycle of bad management, and makes a case for cultural change in our workplaces.

Who should read Good People, Bad Managers?

  • Managers looking to improve their business
  • People who are interested in how work culture functions
  • Those who want to challenge conventional management approaches

Coaching Books: No Bullsh*t Leadership by Christ Hirst

No Bullsh*t Leadership

Christ Hirst
Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You
4.3 (213 ratings)

What's No Bullsh*t Leadership about?

No Bullsh*t Leadership (2019) dispels the myths we often hear about what makes a great leader. Whether you’re managing a company, school or sports team, the principles behind effective leadership aren’t rocket science. Nor do they require impressive titles or expensive suits. In this timely volume, experienced leader Chris Hirst explains how any of us can learn the philosophy behind great leadership if we put our minds to it.

Who should read No Bullsh*t Leadership?

  • Aspiring leaders looking to up their game
  • Experienced managers in need of refreshing ideas
  • Anyone interested in the science – or lack thereof – behind leadership

Coaching Books: The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo

The Making of a Manager

Julie Zhuo
What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
4.2 (223 ratings)

What's The Making of a Manager about?

The Making of a Manager (2019) explores what new managers can do in their first three months and beyond to ensure their team gets excellent results. From meetings to recruitment and managing a growing team, these blinks examine the opportunities and pitfalls that all new managers face, and demonstrate that great managers are made, not born.

Who should read The Making of a Manager?

  • New managers looking for tips
  • Team members who want to improve their relationships with their colleagues
  • Recruiters looking for a fresh perspective

Coaching Books: Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle

Trillion Dollar Coach

Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle
The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
4.1 (239 ratings)

What's Trillion Dollar Coach about?

Trillion Dollar Coach (2019) pays homage to Bill Campbell, a coach and mentor whose advice and insights helped some of Silicon Valley’s brightest lights build multi-billion dollar companies. In these blinks, Google leaders Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle chart Campbell’s remarkable life, from the Columbia University football field to the Californian boardrooms in which the digital revolution was planned and rolled out. Along the way, they shed light on Coach Bill’s leadership philosophy.

Who should read Trillion Dollar Coach?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Team leaders and managers
  • Lovers of inspiring true stories

Coaching Books: Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) by M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)

M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish
Why We Fear It, How to Fix It
4.4 (117 ratings)

What's Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) about?

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) (2019) is a smart and practical guide to something many of us fear: seeking, giving and receiving feedback. It explains how we can avoid the negative psychological reactions many of us have to feedback, and offers practical tips for how we can all build a positive and helpful feedback culture. 

Who should read Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)?

  • Anyone who has felt uncomfortable giving or receiving feedback 
  • Leaders who’d like to help their people grow and create a safe and strong feedback culture
  • People committed to improvement in the workplace

Coaching Books: The Coach's Survival Guide by Kim Morgan

The Coach's Survival Guide

Kim Morgan
4.3 (88 ratings)

What's The Coach's Survival Guide about?

The Coach’s Survival Guide (2019) explores how you can become an even better coach. Whether you’re a life coach, an executive coach or working in a niche area, you’ll find these blinks packed with both insight and solutions for the challenges you face.

Who should read The Coach's Survival Guide?

  • Newly qualified coaches needing support 
  • Anyone considering a career move into coaching
  • Human Resources professionals looking for fresh insights

Coaching Books: Lead Like a Coach by Karen Morley

Lead Like a Coach

Karen Morley
How to Get the Most Out of Any Team
4.4 (206 ratings)

What's Lead Like a Coach about?

Lead Like a Coach (2018) is a how-to guide to the coaching model of leadership. Packed with advice and insight, these blinks are the perfect companion for any leader looking to up their game. Making a clear case for the benefits of coaching over older managerial styles, they explain why coaching is so relevant today and why many organizations are opting to switch to this model.

Who should read Lead Like a Coach?

  • Leaders who care about the people they lead
  • Executives who want to improve company work culture
  • People who want to develop more personal and supportive relationships

Coaching Books: Leading Without Authority by Keith Ferrazzi with Noel Weyrich

Leading Without Authority

Keith Ferrazzi with Noel Weyrich
How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration
4.4 (227 ratings)

What's Leading Without Authority about?

Leading without Authority (2020) explores how non-managerial employees can drive change and influence their coworkers. These blinks outline simple techniques for making a big impact in the workplace, regardless of your official title.

Who should read Leading Without Authority?

  • Employees looking for their next promotion
  • Managers seeking fresh insights 
  • Executive coaches wanting a new perspective

Coaching Books: The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge

The Fifth Discipline

Peter M. Senge
The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
4.5 (185 ratings)

What's The Fifth Discipline about?

The Fifth Discipline (1990) is a comprehensive guide to creating learning organizations – workplaces that nurture innovation and personal growth. The author argues that, in our rapidly changing world, companies can only succeed if they change the way in which they deal with problems. In his view, a reactive approach, based on constantly putting out fires, no longer works. Instead, businesses need to adopt what he calls a systems thinking method. This method is proactive, and its purpose is to identify underlying patterns and generate innovative solutions. But this approach only works if you have motivated staff who share the company’s vision. 

Who should read The Fifth Discipline?

  • Entrepreneurs who want to uncover blind spots in their thinking
  • Disgruntled employees seeking satisfaction in their work
  • Team members who want to learn to speak their minds

Coaching Books: The Agile Leader by Simon Hayward

The Agile Leader

Simon Hayward
How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age
4.4 (215 ratings)

What's The Agile Leader about?

The Agile Leader (2018) explores how leaders can steer traditional organizations in the fast-paced digital world. These blinks show that agile working can help corporate teams to compete with start-ups, and to keep up with ever-changing customer expectations.

Who should read The Agile Leader?

  • Managers hoping to boost their team’s productivity
  • Entrepreneurs looking for a fresh perspective
  • Management consultants seeking new insights

Coaching Books: Serve Up, Coach Down by Nathan Jamail

Serve Up, Coach Down

Nathan Jamail
Mastering the Middle and Both Sides of Leadership
4.3 (149 ratings)

What's Serve Up, Coach Down about?

Serve Up, Coach Down (2018) is a corporate leadership guide for middle managers. It empowers workers to “master the middle” by sharing the strategies they need to effectively manage both their team and their boss.

Who should read Serve Up, Coach Down?

  • Middle managers hungry to hone their leadership skills
  • Team leaders who want to inspire their staff to do great work
  • Employees aiming to get the most out of their professional relationships

Coaching Books: The Making of a Leader by Tom Young

The Making of a Leader

Tom Young
What Elite Sport Can Teach Us About Leadership, Management and Performance
4.4 (97 ratings)

What's The Making of a Leader about?

The Making of a Leader (2020) is an invaluable trove of leadership wisdom. Drawing on interviews with seven coaches at the peak of their profession, it explains not only what a great leader is but how you can make yourself into one.

Who should read The Making of a Leader?

  • Anyone who’s coached from the couch
  • New bosses
  • Leaders searching for an identity

Coaching Books: Great Leaders Have No Rules by Kevin Kruse

Great Leaders Have No Rules

Kevin Kruse
Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business
4.6 (230 ratings)

What's Great Leaders Have No Rules about?

Great Leaders Have No Rules (2019) challenges leaders to adopt a contrarian approach to managing people and their time so that they succeed more easily and quickly. By identifying the flaws in traditional or typical leadership practices, it reveals why going against the grain results in better outcomes.

Who should read Great Leaders Have No Rules?

  • Leaders who want to optimize their performance
  • Managers looking for new ways to motivate their teams
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to create a dynamic workplace culture

Coaching Books: Staring Down the Wolf by Mark Divine

Staring Down the Wolf

Mark Divine
7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams
4.4 (291 ratings)

What's Staring Down the Wolf about?

Staring Down the Wolf (2020) is a leadership guide to forging great teams in the face of adversity. Drawing upon the teachings of the Navy SEALs, one of the world’s most elite military units, it shows what it takes to command an elite team.

Who should read Staring Down the Wolf?

  • Leaders seeking to align and strengthen their teams
  • Military aficionados
  • Anyone who needs inspiration to push past their plateau

Coaching Books: Mastering Leadership by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

Mastering Leadership

Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams
An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results
4.3 (94 ratings)

What's Mastering Leadership about?

Mastering Leadership (2015) explores the link between personal development and great leadership. It reveals the mindset needed to lead effectively, and explores how insights from classical mythology can help managers find their inner heroic leader. 

Who should read Mastering Leadership?

  • Middle managers aspiring to join the C-suite
  • Leaders looking for fresh insights
  • Business owners seeking a new perspective

Coaching Books: Lead Like It Matters to God by Richard Stearns

Lead Like It Matters to God

Richard Stearns
Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World
3.6 (204 ratings)

What's Lead Like It Matters to God about?

Lead Like It Matters to God (2021) is a reminder to Christians that work isn’t just about money and status. Stearns uses his own career experiences to offer guidance to Christians in leadership positions. He outlines the key values to prioritize and gives practical suggestions for improving organizations and creating a more positive working environment.

Who should read Lead Like It Matters to God?

  • Leaders and aspiring leaders
  • Christians contemplating their careers
  • People who want to integrate their religious values with their working lives

Coaching Books: The Promises of Giants by John Amaechi

The Promises of Giants

John Amaechi
How YOU can fill the leadership void
4.4 (32 ratings)

What's The Promises of Giants about?

The Promises of Giants (2021) offers a series of strategies that will transform you into an extraordinary leader. Regardless of what you do or where you are on your career journey, this series of practical tips will expedite your success while empowering those around you. 

Who should read The Promises of Giants?

  • Ambitious dreamers
  • Success hunters
  • Leaders wanting to drive change

Coaching Books: Permission to Glow by Kristoffer Carter

Permission to Glow

Kristoffer Carter
A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership
4.3 (261 ratings)

What's Permission to Glow about?

Permission to Glow (2021) provides managers with a roadmap to lead with intention and purpose so that everyone can reach their full potential. By embracing its four permissions, it shows how leaders can maximize outcomes and personal successes by first tapping into their own power and then guiding others to do the same.

Who should read Permission to Glow?

  • Leaders looking for meaning and fulfillment
  • Managers wanting to champion the potential of others
  • Seekers of inner peace

Coaching Books: Everyone Deserves a Great Manager by Scott Jeffrey Miller, with Todd Davis and Victoria Roos Olsson

Everyone Deserves a Great Manager

Scott Jeffrey Miller, with Todd Davis and Victoria Roos Olsson
The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team
4.5 (269 ratings)

What's Everyone Deserves a Great Manager about?

Everyone Deserves a Great Manager (2019) provides business leaders with six crucial practices that will transform team members into high performers. Offering practical solutions, it fills in the gap many new managers encounter when they’re promoted without receiving any leadership training. 

Who should read Everyone Deserves a Great Manager?

  • Newly promoted managers who have no idea what they’re doing
  • Fledgling managers wanting better outcomes
  • Senior managers looking to update their skills

Coaching Books: Remarkable by David Kronfeld


David Kronfeld
Proven Insights to Accelerate Your Career
4.2 (214 ratings)

What's Remarkable about?

Remarkable (2021) is a playbook for professionals looking to advance their careers. It’s not about getting ahead by any means, though. Covering topics like self-promotion, mistakes, and disagreements, it makes a compelling case that the best way to move forward is by staying humble and working with – and for – your team. 

Who should read Remarkable?

  • Managers and leaders
  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters 
  • Team players

Coaching Books: Driving Performance Through Learning by Andy Lancaster

Driving Performance Through Learning

Andy Lancaster
Using L&D to Improve Performance, Productivity and Profits
4.2 (185 ratings)

What's Driving Performance Through Learning about?

Driving Performance Through Learning (2019) is a guide to help learning and development professionals understand the full breadth of possibilities for learning in the modern workplace. It explains the benefits of learning during the natural flow of work, encouraging a wide range of innovative methods.

Who should read Driving Performance Through Learning?

  • Learning and development professionals expanding their horizons
  • Managers who want to understand L&D better
  • Workers who love learning new professional skills

Coaching Books: Brilliance by Design by Vicki Halsey

Brilliance by Design

Vicki Halsey
Creating Learning Experiences that Connect, Inspire, and Engage
4.4 (152 ratings)

What's Brilliance by Design about?

Brilliance by Design (2011) is all about creating learning experiences that bring out the brilliance in every student. Targeted at coaches, teachers, mentors, and anyone who spends time in a classroom, it provides a handy and helpful model for high-impact instructional design that will inspire and motivate learners. 

Who should read Brilliance by Design?

  • Teachers looking to add tools to their repertoire
  • Mentors having a hard time energizing their mentees
  • Anyone who spends time at the front of a classroom

Coaching Books: Shift Into a Higher Gear by Delatorro McNeal II

Shift Into a Higher Gear

Delatorro McNeal II
Better Your Best and Live Life to the Fullest
4.2 (283 ratings)

What's Shift Into a Higher Gear about?

Shift Into a Higher Gear (2021) uses the metaphor of a motorcycle to deliver some inspiring lessons on pursuing your dreams, achieving self-growth, and living your life to the fullest. Drawing from the author’s years of motorcycling experience, its teachings are equally applicable to your personal and professional lives. 

Who should read Shift Into a Higher Gear?

  • People who want to fire on all cylinders in life 
  • Motorcycle enthusiasts and those curious about motorcycling 
  • Anyone who can relate to that ’90s song about always being “stuck in second gear”

Coaching Books: The Leader Lab by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger

The Leader Lab

Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger
Core Skills to Become a Great Manager, Faster
4.6 (365 ratings)

What's The Leader Lab about?

The Leader Lab (2021) is a handbook for anyone who wants to improve their management skills fast. Through extensive research, and training more than 200,000 managers, the authors have identified the core behaviors and skills that all great managers share. They offer simple, practical tips, and methods that can be applied for rapid results.

Who should read The Leader Lab?

  • New managers lacking in confidence
  • Leaders keen to improve their skills
  • Anyone who wants to communicate more effectively in the workplace

Coaching Books: You Coach You by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

You Coach You

Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis
How to Overcome Challenges at Work and Take Control of Your Career
4.5 (366 ratings)

What's You Coach You about?

You Coach You (2022) is a guide to being your own coach for maximum career success and happiness. With practical guides, questions that help you think about who you are at work, and fun exercises, the authors show you how you can be your own best cheerleader and guide. 

Who should read You Coach You?

  • Anyone who is looking to improve their happiness at work
  • Anyone who is stuck in their career and looking for growth
  • Anyone who wants to change gears at work

Coaching Books: Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback by Allan H. Church, David W. Bracken, John W. Fleenor, Dale S. Rose

Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback

Allan H. Church, David W. Bracken, John W. Fleenor, Dale S. Rose
3.7 (127 ratings)

What's Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback about?

The Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback is a guide to the pros and cons of 360 Feedback, including detailed guidance on how to implement the process as well as how to avoid pitfalls such as unconscious bias or people who try to game the system. 

Who should read Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback?

  • Company leaders
  • HR managers
  • Team leaders

Coaching Books: Empowered by Marty Cagan with Chris Jones


Marty Cagan with Chris Jones
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products
4.0 (72 ratings)

What's Empowered about?

Empowered (2020) is a written master class that guides ordinary people to create extraordinary products. Discover how to create profitable products that consumers love!

Who should read Empowered?

  • Tech product owners looking to lead with purpose
  • Lovers of influential product designs
  • Anyone curious about how great tech gets made

Coaching Books: Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martell

Buy Back Your Time

Dan Martell
Get Unstuck, Reclaim Your Freedom, and Build Your Empire
4.6 (243 ratings)

What's Buy Back Your Time about?

Buy Back Your Time (2023) teaches entrepreneurs how to hire the right people for the right tasks, so they can free up the time they need to build their empire. Practical advice and success stories guide those who feel stuck in their busy lives out of the tedium of small chores and into the limitless field of pure production.

Who should read Buy Back Your Time?

  • Entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their business
  • Anyone who feels stuck in the daily grind of work
  • Managers trying to find ways to inspire employees

Coaching Books: Leadership by Peter Guy Northouse


Peter Guy Northouse
Theory and Practice
4.5 (155 ratings)

What's Leadership about?

Leadership: Theory and Practice (2015) is a popular textbook exploring the topic of leadership. It discusses the main theories of leadership, explains the popular types of leadership style, and offers practical advice on improving your own leadership characteristics.  

Who should read Leadership?

  • Anyone interested in what makes a leader
  • Business-owners, teacher, coaches, or anyone involved in leading groups
  • Anyone wishing to be a leader

Coaching Books: The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by Admiral William H. McRaven

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog

Admiral William H. McRaven
Leadership Made Simple (but Not Easy)
4.6 (237 ratings)

What's The Wisdom of the Bullfrog about?

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog (2023) draws on the experiences and leadership challenges faced over the 40-year career of a former American naval admiral to provide timeless guidance on what it takes to be a successful leader.

Who should read The Wisdom of the Bullfrog?

  • Leaders aspiring to lead better
  • Anyone interested in the origins of some well-known words of wisdom
  • Lovers of good storytelling

Coaching Books: Next! by Joanne Lipman


Joanne Lipman
The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work
4.0 (91 ratings)

What's Next! about?

Next! (2023) is an inspiring guide to personal reinvention. With insights from scientific research and real-life success stories, it provides practical steps to implement meaningful change in life and work.

Who should read Next!?

  • Tenacious scholars
  • Aspiring creatives
  • Visionary millennials

Coaching Books: Raising Men by Eric Davis

Raising Men

Eric Davis
From Fathers to Sons—Life Lessons from Navy SEAL Training
4.3 (41 ratings)

What's Raising Men about?

Raising Men (2016) is a powerful exploration of life-changing military lessons, emphasizing the importance of boldness, accountability, and bonding. Via real-life stories from Navy SEALs, this captivating narrative will teach you how to build strong relationships with your son and raise him with discipline, leadership, and grace.

Who should read Raising Men?

  • Expectant fathers
  • Distant Dads
  • Military patriarchs

Coaching Books: It Worked for Me by Colin Powell with Tony Koltz

It Worked for Me

Colin Powell with Tony Koltz
In Life and Leadership
4.7 (149 ratings)

What's It Worked for Me about?

It Worked for Me (2012) imparts Colin Powell’s practical wisdom on becoming an effective leader. It’s largely based on his time in the military and public service, and the insights he gained from his experiences in these positions. 

Who should read It Worked for Me?

  • Experienced leaders looking to improve their leadership techniques
  • Military personnel who’d like to learn from a four-star general
  • Anyone who aspires to be a leader

Coaching Books: Mixed Signals by Uri Gneezy

Mixed Signals

Uri Gneezy
How Incentives Really Work
4.4 (247 ratings)

What's Mixed Signals about?

Mixed Signals (2023) sheds light on the power of incentives, drawing on behavioral economics research to explore how various factors like money, social status, and external nudges can influence our choices. It explores how incentives often have complex and counterintuitive effects, offering an understanding of these dynamics to improve decision-making and outcomes.

Who should read Mixed Signals?

  • People interested in improving their decision-making
  • Business leaders who want to manage people more effectively
  • Anyone looking to better persuade people to take action

Coaching Books: Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore

Coaching for Performance

Sir John Whitmore
The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership
4.6 (74 ratings)

What's Coaching for Performance about?

Coaching for Performance (2009) is the foundational text which launched the multimillion-dollar business coaching industry. The 25th anniversary edition brings new life to the hallmark GROW model, and revisits the methods after a quarter-century of learning in performance coaching. It’s essential for leaders and coaches globally.

Who should read Coaching for Performance?

  • Leaders looking for inspiration
  • Coaches who want to understand the performance coaching method
  • Anyone looking to improve the performance of their team

Coaching Books: Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee

Primal Leadership

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
4.1 (280 ratings)

What's Primal Leadership about?

Primal Leadership (2013) argues that the fundamental task of any great leader is to engage the emotions of their followers and guide them in a positive direction. Offering up an emotionally intelligent, resonant style of leadership, it delves into the skills and qualities needed to become a better leader and bring out the best in your team.

Who should read Primal Leadership?

  • Managers looking to improve their skills
  • Workers seeking ways to convince their peers
  • Anyone who wants to become a better leader

Coaching Books: Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon

Kenny Moore
The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder
4.3 (17 ratings)

What's Bowerman and the Men of Oregon about?

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon (2006) is a riveting tale about track and field coach Bill Bowerman’s relentless drive to produce the best athletes from his base in his native Oregon. Through innovation and sheer force of character, he inspired a community to fall in love with running, and in the process co-founded Nike.

Who should read Bowerman and the Men of Oregon?

  • Track and field fans
  • Followers of the American Olympic movement
  • Nike aficionados and people curious about the history of apparel brands in sport

Coaching Books: The Ultimate Guide to Great Mentorship by Scott Jeffrey Miller

The Ultimate Guide to Great Mentorship

Scott Jeffrey Miller
13 Roles to Making a True Impact
4.1 (38 ratings)

What's The Ultimate Guide to Great Mentorship about?

The Ultimate Guide to Great Mentorship (2023) demystifies the art of being an effective mentor. It walks prospective mentors through the entire mentoring journey – from setting expectations and goals at the outset to tracking progress to ending on a high note.

Who should read The Ultimate Guide to Great Mentorship?

  • Mentors and mentees seeking a symbiotic relationship
  • Experienced professionals who want to share their learnings 
  • Managers looking to matchmake mentors and mentees for best results

Coaching Books: Elevate Your Team by Robert Glazer

Elevate Your Team

Robert Glazer
Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders
4.5 (51 ratings)

What's Elevate Your Team about?

Elevate Your Team (2023) presents a framework to optimize team performance and drive company growth, while safeguarding employees against burnout. By implementing this strategy, leaders can guide their teams to reach their full potential, so that both they – and their company – thrives.   

Who should read Elevate Your Team?

  • Leaders seeking sustained business growth
  • Managers wanting to optimize team performance
  • Directors looking for a new framework for success

Coaching Books: The Purpose Effect by Dan Pontefract

The Purpose Effect

Dan Pontefract
Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role, and Your Organization
4.2 (169 ratings)

What's The Purpose Effect about?

The Purpose Effect (2016) combines motivational psychology, organizational culture, and the pursuit of meaning to explore how shared purpose can change the world. What happens when company and employee goals align? How can we foster a culture where we pursue work that really has an impact? This deep-dive is your guide to finding the sweet spot of shared purpose.

Who should read The Purpose Effect?

  • Leaders wanting to build meaningful businesses
  • Employees seeking purpose in their career
  • Managers and coaches looking to optimize performance

Coaching Books: When They Win, You Win by Russ Laraway

When They Win, You Win

Russ Laraway
Being a Great Manager Is Simpler Than You Think
4.4 (179 ratings)

What's When They Win, You Win about?

When They Win, You Win (2022) is your guide to being a great manager. This playbook reveals the simple leadership principles that unlock your employees’ full potential, create happy, engaged teams, and drive better business results.

Who should read When They Win, You Win?

  • Managers and leaders looking to improve employee satisfaction
  • Founders and entrepreneurs seeking to build effective teams and retain top talent
  • Business school students studying organizational behavior and human resources

Coaching Books: Influence and Impact by Bill Berman & George Bradt

Influence and Impact

Bill Berman & George Bradt
Discover and Excel at What Your Organization Needs From You The Most
4.4 (119 ratings)

What's Influence and Impact about?

Influence and Impact (2021) offers a practical guide for professionals seeking to build their influence within organizations. Drawing on proven coaching techniques, it provides frameworks, stories, and solutions to help you evaluate your strengths, develop critical skills, and determine what roles will maximize your effectiveness.

Who should read Influence and Impact?

  • Professionals seeking to advance their careers through developing leadership abilities
  • Managers looking to improve their skills and better motivate their teams
  • Individual contributors aiming to increase their impact and influence within their organizations

Coaching Books: The Blueprint by Douglas R. Conant

The Blueprint

Douglas R. Conant
6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights
3.6 (82 ratings)

What's The Blueprint about?

The Blueprint (2020) is a transformative journey and a practical manual for aspiring leaders. It offers six manageable and incremental steps designed to fit within the hustle of modern life, aimed at revolutionizing leadership approaches. It explores the paths of envisioning, reflecting, studying, planning, practicing, and improving to achieve career success, joy, and fulfillment. These steps, coupled with realistic and practical exercises, provide a foundation for meaningful change in various organizational settings.

Who should read The Blueprint?

  • Aspiring leaders aiming to develop foundational leadership skills.
  • Management students seeking real-world leadership insights and strategies.
  • Personal development enthusiasts focusing on self-improvement and leadership growth.

Coaching Books: 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times by Tom Ziglar

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times

Tom Ziglar
Coaching Your Team Through Immense Change and Challenge
5.0 (2 ratings)

What's 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times about?

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times (2021) provides a framework for leaders navigating major change, concentrating on core virtues such as kindness, humility, and respect. Ziglar’s insights advocate for a Coach Leadership style that cultivates each team member’s unique dreams and abilities, ensuring that businesses thrive even in difficult times.

Who should read 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times?

  • Modern motivators
  • Team-centric visionaries
  • Digital desk directors

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What are the Top 10 Coaching books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
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  • The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen
  • Dream Year by Ben Arment
  • Flawless Consulting by Peter Block
  • A Team of Leaders by Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
  • Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen
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When it comes to Coaching, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
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  • Joseph A. Maciariello
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