• Toby Sinclair

5 Best books about Life Coaching

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

5 Best Books about Life Coaching
5 Best Books about Life Coaching

One of the most common questions i'm asked from life coaches undertaking life coach training is:

“What Life Coaching books do you recommend?”

Here is a short list of Professional Coaching Books i’ve read. These books cover a wide range of coaching approaches and topics. The coaching books are great for new coaches taking coach certification but also experienced professional coaches looking for fresh ideas. The books cover many of the essential models you should know as a life coach.

1. Coaching for Performance: Growing People, Performance and Purpose

Coaching for Performance - John Whitmore

What did i like about this coaching book?

  1. This book explores the popular GROW Model

  2. There are some great chapters about crafting good goals

  3. Explains well what Coaching actually is

  4. For many this is the go-to book about modern coaching techniques. A best seller thats been around for many years.

Recommended for: New coaches undertaking coaching certification or those looking to learn how to be a life coach

2. The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits that Trap Us

Coaches Casebook - Geoff Watts

What did i like about this coaching book?

  1. Very practical examples of coaching conversations

  2. Real Life Case Studies from high profile and famous figures

  3. Easy to relate to (I often found personal examples in each of the traits)

  4. Promotes Coaching Supervision which was a concept that was new to me until i read this book

Recommended for: Scrum Masters (Co-Author Geoff Watts also Authored Scrum Mastery)

3. Time to Think: Listening to ignite the human mind

Time To Think - Nancy Kline
Time To Think - Nancy Kline

What did i like about this coaching book?

  1. This book has had a dramatic impact of my coaching approach

  2. It will fundamentally challenge you

  3. Excellent examples and well written

  4. Case Studies towards the end of the book of how to apply the Thinking Environment are very interesting.

Recommended for: People involved in organisational change

4. Coaching Habit: Say less, Ask more & Change the way you lead

Coaching-Habit - Michael Bungay Stainer
Coaching-Habit - Michael Bungay Stainer

What did i like about this coaching book?

  1. Simple and accessible introduction to Coaching

  2. Suggests some power Coaching questions such as the AWE question

  3. Techniques can be applied straight away

  4. Does not promote a rigid process but looks at how coaching can be built as a habit in everything you do

Recommended for: Managers

5. Art of Coaching

Art of Coaching - Jenny Bird
Art of Coaching - Jenny Bird

What did i like about this coaching book?

  1. Visual!

  2. Covers many core coaching concepts but using visual aids

  3. Provides great inspiration of how to apply visual techniques to coaching.

  4. Techqniues for both individuals and the team

Recommended for: Experienced Coaches looking for new ways to engage clients

If you are finished with these 5 life coaching books then here are some more!

  1. Brilliant Coaching

  2. The Coaching Manual

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

  4. The Psychology of Executive Coaching

  5. Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help

  6. Coaching skills: a handbook: A Handbook


Want to learn more? Checkout these 5 coaching models that every professional coach should know!