The best 55 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!
It Worked for Me

It Worked for Me

Colin Powell with Tony Koltz
In Life and Leadership
4.7 (95 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



Peter Guy Northouse
Theory and Practice
4.4 (142 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

Buy Back Your Time

Buy Back Your Time

Dan Martell
Get Unstuck, Reclaim Your Freedom, and Build Your Empire
4.6 (203 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

The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit

Michael Bungay Stanier
Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
4.5 (530 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

Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback

Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback

Allan H. Church
Useful Tools and Strategies to Optimize Performance Management
3.6 (118 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

Raising Men

Raising Men

Eric Davis
From Fathers to Sons—Life Lessons from Navy SEAL Training
3.9 (20 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

Learning Leadership

Learning Leadership

James Kouzes and Barry Posner
The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
4.3 (126 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

The One Minute Manager

The One Minute Manager

Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Increase Productivity, Profits and your own Prosperity
4.1 (205 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

Co-Active Coaching

Co-Active Coaching

Henry Kimsey-House
Changing Business, Transforming Lives - The Book That Helped Define the Field of Professional Coaching
4.3 (96 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

The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management

The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management

Zachary Wong
Solving the Most Common People Problems for Team Leaders
4.4 (130 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

The Making of a Manager

The Making of a Manager

Julie Zhuo
What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
4.2 (184 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

Unlocking Potential

Unlocking Potential

Michael K. Simpson
Seven Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams & Organizations
4.2 (89 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

Lead Like a Coach

Lead Like a Coach

Karen Morley
How to Get the Most Out of Any Team
4.4 (192 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

Great Leaders Have No Rules

Great Leaders Have No Rules

Kevin Kruse
Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business
4.6 (223 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

The Fifth Discipline

The Fifth Discipline

Peter M. Senge
The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
4.5 (160 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

You Coach You

You Coach You

Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis
How to Overcome Challenges at Work and Take Control of Your Career
4.5 (338 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

No Bullsh*t Leadership

No Bullsh*t Leadership

Christ Hirst
Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You
4.3 (200 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

Thanks for the Feedback

Thanks for the Feedback

Douglas Stone
The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
4.4 (127 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



Marty Cagan with Chris Jones
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products
4.0 (51 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

Leading Without Authority

Leading Without Authority

Keith Ferrazzi with Noel Weyrich
How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration
4.3 (173 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

Shift Into a Higher Gear

Shift Into a Higher Gear

Delatorro McNeal II
Better Your Best and Live Life to the Fullest
4.2 (266 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”

The Agile Leader

The Agile Leader

Simon Hayward
How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age
4.4 (191 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

The Leader as a Mensch

The Leader as a Mensch

Bruna Martinuzzi
Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow
4.2 (86 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

The Leader Habit

The Leader Habit

Martin Lanik
Master the Skills You Need to Lead in Just Minutes a Day
3.9 (115 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

Serve Up, Coach Down

Serve Up, Coach Down

Nathan Jamail
Mastering the Middle and Both Sides of Leadership
4.3 (131 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

Everyone Deserves a Great Manager

Everyone Deserves a Great Manager

Scott Jeffrey Miller
The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team
4.5 (254 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

Trillion Dollar Coach

Trillion Dollar Coach

Eric Schmidt
The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
4.1 (221 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

The Leadership Challenge

The Leadership Challenge

James Kouzes and Barry Posner
How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
4.3 (85 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

High Output Management

High Output Management

Andrew S. Grove
Tips from the former chairman and CEO of Intel
4.2 (170 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

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)

M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish
Why We Fear It, How to Fix It
4.4 (102 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

A Year with Peter Drucker

A Year with Peter Drucker

Joseph A. Maciariello
52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness
4.3 (68 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?"

The Coach's Survival Guide

The Coach's Survival Guide

Kim Morgan
An essential companion to anyone setting out as a professional coach
4.3 (77 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

Staring Down the Wolf

Staring Down the Wolf

Mark Divine
7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams
4.4 (287 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

The Making of a Leader

The Making of a Leader

Tom Young
What Elite Sport Can Teach Us About Leadership, Management and Performance
4.4 (93 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

Mastering Leadership

Mastering Leadership

Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams
An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results
4.3 (87 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

Driving Performance Through Learning

Driving Performance Through Learning

Andy Lancaster
Using L&D to Improve Performance, Productivity and Profits
4.2 (175 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

Good People, Bad Managers

Good People, Bad Managers

Samuel A. Culbert
How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions
3.9 (61 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

Doing the Right Things Right

Doing the Right Things Right

Laura Stack
How the Effective Executive Spends Time
4.2 (69 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

Move Your Bus

Move Your Bus

Ron Clark
An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life
4.1 (39 ratings)

What's Move Your Bus about?

Move Your Bus (2015) presents an easy-to-follow plan to boost your organization and enhance your own personal success. It’s about understanding that not everyone can perform on the same level, so managers can be most effective by supporting high achievers. It includes steps for guiding other kinds of workers up the achievement ladder – and shows you how to become a top achiever yourself.

Who should read Move Your Bus?

  • Leaders and CEOs who want to build a more successful organization
  • Anyone struggling with unmotivated coworkers
  • Staffers at any level who want to improve their work performance

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Eric Barker
The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
4.3 (110 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

Challenging Coaching

Challenging Coaching

John Blakey and Ian Day
Going Beyond Traditional Coaching to Face the FACTS
4.4 (68 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

Flawless Consulting

Flawless Consulting

Peter Block
A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
3.9 (46 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

Brilliance by Design

Brilliance by Design

Vicki Halsey
Creating Learning Experiences that Connect, Inspire, and Engage
4.4 (147 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

Growing Great Employees

Growing Great Employees

Erika Andersen
Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers
4.1 (28 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

The Leader Lab

The Leader Lab

Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger
Core Skills to Become a Great Manager, Faster
4.6 (358 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

Simple Rules

Simple Rules

Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt
How to Thrive in a Complex World
4.2 (33 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

Attitude Reflects Leadership

Attitude Reflects Leadership

Leo Hamblin
The difference between managing and leading and more
4.1 (43 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



Alex Ferguson
Timeless lessons from the greatest manager of all time
4.3 (30 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

A Team of Leaders

A Team of Leaders

Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results
3.5 (32 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



David Kronfeld
Proven Insights to Accelerate Your Career
4.2 (210 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

Dream Year

Dream Year

Ben Arment
Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love
4.2 (31 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

Lead Like It Matters to God

Lead Like It Matters to God

Richard Stearns
Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World
3.6 (202 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

Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach

Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach

Michael Frisch
Use Your Knowledge, Experience and Intuition to Help Leaders Excel
4.0 (36 ratings)

What's Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach about?

Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach (2012) aims to deepen your understanding of what it means to take on a coaching role. These blinks outline the core elements of coach-client relationships to present a flexible and rich approach to executive coaching.

Who should read Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach?

  • Participants in coaching training programs
  • Executive coaches
  • Consultants interested in helping clients achieve more

The Promises of Giants

The Promises of Giants

John Amaechi
How YOU can fill the leadership void
4.3 (30 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

Permission to Glow

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

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