5 Must-Have Life Coach Books

Life coach books are a good way for life coaches to supplement their education. It’s cheap, it’s convenient, and many of these books are packed with valuable information.

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A successful life coach never stops learning – they realize that the coaching industry is always evolving. There is always something new to learn!

Every good life coach includes life coach books in their continuing education. Along with seminars, workshops, webinars, DVDs, and learning from peers, life coaching books help all life coaches learn new skills and information which will help them work with clients on an even higher level.

5 Must-Have Life Coach Books

Here are a few incredible life coach books which can boost your knowledge and add new skills to your coaching tool box.

Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, by James Flaherty

Good coaching is all about asking the right questions, and this book is filled with questions that will help coaches understand the individuals who they are coaching. This book takes the probing and insightful questions of philosophy and applies them to coaching.

On Becoming a Leadership Coach: A Holistic Approach to Coaching Excellence, edited by Christine Wahl, Clarice Sriber, and Beth Bloomfield

Drawing on the curriculum of one of the best coaching training programs in the world, Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program, this book contains chapters on self-awareness, coaching leaders, coaching relationships, and cultures in coaching. With chapters from many different coach teachers and thought leaders, this book is a comprehensive volume of individual and team coaching skills.

The Ultimate Life Coach Bible: How to Coach People to Excellence in Their Life and Ensure You Do It Right, by Bryan Westra

Comprehensive in scope and written in easy to understand language, this book is an interesting read for coaches of all experience levels. Taking a look at the titles of the chapters tells you that this book covers plenty of ground.

  • How to use Quotes and Pictures
  • How is Being Outside Important to Receiving a Better Result
  • How is Humor Important to Receiving a Better Result
  • Remember to Keep Journals, This is Your Journey as Much as Theirs
  • How is Creating a Healthy Environment Important to Receiving a Better Result

The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow, by John Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett

This book provides coaches with the tools to grow and improve. It uses real-life examples, from the authors’ own experience in practice, to show others how to build effective relationships in the workplace. This is a great book for business and executive coaches.

Growing for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – The Principles and Practice of Coaching Leadership, by John Whitmore

This is one of the grandfather books of business coaching, now in its 4th edition. It uses the GROW model – goals, reality, options, will – to build leadership. The GROW model works with a series of questioning that starts with the goal, moves onto the reality of the current situation, then options are generated by the client, and then the discipline and will to actually make a serious attempt to reach that goal is explored.

It’s a small list of life coach books, but if you make the decision to purchase and read these books, you will gain valuable knowledge and insight into the coaching profession. These 4 life coach books should be sitting on your bookshelf with post-it notes for reference on various pages. All four of these books are great additions to a coach’s library.

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Fred Philips
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  1. Ruby says

    I believe that whatever business or career path one has taken, one has to continue to grow by learning not only through experience but by educating oneself by updating through seminars and conferences, by reading books.

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