What is the best coaching literature? In this list, you will find the best recommendations about coaching. Here you will find the best books on coaching in many different fields, such as education, business, healthcare, sports, counseling, career coaching or life coaches. We will discuss both study books and optional coaching books. Read on for the best coaching books.

Best books about coaching (for coaches) of all time

We start our recommendations with the top 10 best books about Coaching of all time. This list has been updated this year, including all the recent titles.

Best Coaching BooksAuthor
Co-Active CoachingKaren Kimsey-House,
Coaching for Performance Sir John Whitmore
The Heart of Laser-Focused CoachingMarion Franklin
The Portable Coach Thomas J. Leonard
The Discomfort ZoneDr Marcia Reynolds
Coach the Person, Not the Problem Dr Marcia Reynolds
Effective Group Coaching Jennifer J. Britton
The Coaching Habit Michael Bungay Stanier
 Effective Coaching (3rd Edition) Myles Downey
The Life Coaching HandbookCurly Martin

The recently updated top 10 list: the best books about coaching

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Seven questions may get you quicker results with your team or individual than a ton of questions or long speeches. This book will show you how you can achieve the same end result, but now smarter than before.

On Becoming a Leadership Coach: A Holistic Approach to Coaching Excellence

Different organizations demand for different types of coaching and thus different coaches. Any leader should develop the necessary coaching skills to have the best effect on his department.

The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching: A Developmental Approach

We like this book by Pamela D. McLean, because there is a clear focus on coaching methods. The methods are based on experience and research, and plenty of examples are shared to explain what works.

Alchemy Coaching: Turning training into gold. A Primer on Rondos and Positional Play

This book is entirely aimed at perfecting play concepts and coaching football players. Several theories and technical aspects of the game are explained, and Rondo is key to every coach.

Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World’s Greatest Coaches, 3rd Edition 

When experienced coaches come together and work on a book, this is the result you may expect. ‘Coaching for Leadership’ is a wonderful book on how to develop your coaching skills.

Helping Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome Get and Stay Hired: Career Coaching Strategies for Professionals and Parents of Adults on the Autism spectrum

Barbara Bissonnette explains in clear steps how people with Asperger’s syndrome can get a job and keep it. This is an excellent book for counselors and coaches who work with this group of people with special characteristics and skills.

Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills

The most important task of a good coach is asking the right questions. This book gives you the tools, strategies and exercises on how to do so. We think this book should be on any coach’s desk.

Soccer Coaching: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Lead Your Players, Manage Parents, and Select the Best Formation (Understand Soccer)

Coaching means dealing with different kinds of people. On the soccer field, where adrenaline and testosterone meet during games and trainings, this might be an extra challenge for the coach. This book is the perfect solution to those challenges.

Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

Organizational coaching is different than personal coaching. It involves individuals, teams, and managers. How can you become a motivational manager that gets your team to perform at its best?

Coach Your Brains Out: Lessons On The Art And Science Of Coaching Volleyball

This book focuses completely on the coaching of volleyball players, and it can be relevant for those who train for the first time, and those who have been coaching for years and years. 

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