Coaching Book: 11 Successful Coaches Shared Their Favourite Coaching Book And Why

By WP Minds

Are you looking for a coaching book that can help you improve your coaching?

A good coaching book can help you:

They say “success leaves clues”.

Therefore, we asked successful coaches to share their favourite coaching book and how that book helped these coaches to improve their overall coaching.

Let’s get started.

1. Katie Selby

Katie Selby is the Founder and Principal Coach of QuarterLife Coach, where she offers Talent Development, Coaching, and Life Design for early career professionals. Katie takes a design-thinking approach to help clients define current needs and prototype future possibilities. Katie is an ICF Certified Coach and a Certified Designing Your Life Coach.

What is your Favourite Coaching Book and Why?

My favorite coaching book is Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges because it helps clients understand and take control over each phase of transition: the ending of a chapter, the unsettling neutral zone, and the beginning of something new. “The transition itself begins with letting go of something that you have believed or assumed, some way you’ve always seen yourself, some outlook on the world, or attitude toward others. The inner ending is what initiates the transition. Inwardly we’ve become new people; transition leads to change.” 


Clients’ understanding of self and of the narratives they are rewriting through the transition can lead to greater confidence and intentionality when going through a job change, relationship transition, or move to a new location. 

2. Dr. Joanna Martin

Dr. Joanna Martin is a visionary, coach, and activist. Her work knows no geographical boundaries and has worked with over 120,000 people all over the world. She is also an internationally acclaimed and award-winning speaker. Moreover, she has a great life coaching website.

As the founder of One of many, her organization has supported over 60,000 women leaders to greater impact without burnout.

What is your Favourite Coaching Book and Why?

It’s not a coaching book, but the book that has had the biggest impact on my life AND my coaching is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  It was the first book I ever read in the personal or spiritual development genre- and it literally changed my life.  It started my journey to leave my medical career, go to drama school and eventually find the coaching industry.  But most importantly I have been personally using Julia’s two central tools, the Morning Pages and The Artist’s Date, for 24 years. 

They are so powerful for keeping our awareness tuned in, and our personal growth in gentle evolution, that I encourage every client I work with to use them.  Indeed a version of these tools have become two of the three central tools that all 250+ of my One of Many Certified Coaches use with their clients. 

It’s a seminal book, full of great exercises. I recommend it to every client I have, even if they are not an artist.

3. Charlie Warshawski

Charlie is a leadership coach, coach trainer, and supervisor, working mainly in the education sector

Charlie runs Love Your Coaching, an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) center. With a team of experienced education coaches, he offers advanced coaching qualifications to school leaders and other professionals. Since 2015 the team has trained over 500 school leaders to attain a coaching qualification

He is an International Coach Federation accredited coach, holding an advanced qualification that fewer than 3% of coaches worldwide hold.

He has a great belief in the unlimited potential and growth mindset of his coaches.  Since 2015 he has been working on training programs overseen by Professor Carol Dweck, originator of the Growth Mindset theory.

What is your Favourite Coaching Book and Why?

No doubt other experienced coaches on this post will mention the classics, like Nancy Kline’s Time to Think, or the great compilations put together by Jonathan Passmore, including Excellence in Coaching, and Leadership Coaching. So I’ll put those to one side, and mention the two that are my favorites.

Jenny Rogers’ Coaching Skills has been the core textbook on our ILM coach training programs for 5 years. There are so many reasons that we all like it. It is written in a very practical and knowledgeable way. There is a warmth to it, and a good understanding of what it is to develop great coaching skills. Almost every area for the new and developing coach is covered, from contracting to coaching plans, questions to remaining curious.

And what we also like is what it isn’t. It isn’t stuffed full of models or processes. Nor is it one way only – often coaching books say that there is only one way to do a certain thing. And it isn’t a promise of untold riches – which is my frustration with many coaching books.

Ros and Ben Zander’s The art of possibility is the nearest thing to being a coaching book without actually being one. It is a narrative from this husband and wife team. She’s a therapist and he’s an orchestral conductor. Both of them share their ideas on how to help the person in front of them. So the range is wide, covering coaching, mentoring, teaching, and plain simple kindness and concern.

At the heart of this book is the belief in the unlimited potential of the person we are supporting. An example. Ben gives his students an A in September, then asks them to think about and write about how they can achieve this A by June. Great way to coach and to believe in someone’s potential.

There are many other books that made the shortlist, but these are my two.

4. Joe Perrone

Joe Perrone is a business coach who helps business owners reclaim their time and freedom. Joe helps his clients find full enjoyment in everything that they create and do it without burning out. Joe—a serial entrepreneur himself—owns and operates Astro Auto Repair and New England Collision in addition to working with his coaching clients and raising his family.

He provides business owners with the tools and expertise they need to reduce their workload.

What is your Favourite Coaching Book and Why?

The Prosperous Coach by Rich Litvin and Steve Chandler. 

TPC reminded me that it’s about connecting with people,  active listening,  and creating conversations. I also liked the style of the book with Rich and Steve alternating chapters.  It not only made me a better coach,  but a Husband, Father, and Business Owner. 

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