Whether you’re just starting in coaching or you’re a seasoned professional, embracing continuous learning is vital. Picking up a book is a great way to gain new insights and perspectives. Here are 10 books that I believe every coach should read to foster both personal and professional growth:

  1. “Co-Active Coaching” by Henry Kimsey-House et al.: A foundational resource that introduces the co-active coaching model and its impactful, collaborative approach.
  2. “The Coaching Habit” by Michael Bungay Stanier: This practical book teaches how to turn coaching into a regular, informal part of your day to increase impact.
  3. “Becoming a Professional Life Coach” by Patrick Williams and Diane S. Menendez: A deep dive into the principles and methodologies of life coaching.
  4. “The Trillion Dollar Coach” by Eric Schmidt et al.: A depiction of Bill Campbell’s legacy and his approach to leadership and team-building.
  5. “Coaching Questions” by Tony Stoltzfus: A toolkit for coaches to enhance their question-asking skills, a fundamental aspect of coaching conversations.
  6. “The Art of Coaching” by Elena Aguilar: Focuses on the transformative power of coaching within the educational sector, offering practical strategies.
  7. “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck: Explores how mindsets can greatly affect achievement and coaching outcomes.
  8. “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman: An exploration into emotional intelligence and its critical role in personal development and leadership.
  9. “Quiet Leadership” by David Rock: Combines leadership and neuroscience to show how leaders can positively impact performance.
  10. “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown: Investigates leadership through the lens of vulnerability and courage, essential traits for any coach.

These titles offer a varied array of insights—from practical coaching techniques to the psychological underpinnings of behavior and leadership. They can inspire new directions in your coaching practice and provide you with the tools to navigate your clients through their journeys more effectively.

For those looking to further translate the wisdom from these pages into actionable coaching strategies, Tandem Coaching Academy’s ICF PCC and ACC programs offer a space to explore and apply these concepts in depth.

What book has transformed your coaching practice, and how? Share your thoughts; I’m always on the lookout for transformative reading material.

Until next time, Cherie 💚