The Top 5 Best-Selling Books on Coaching

The Top 5 Best-Selling Books on Coaching

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books on the topics of coaching. These include books for all types of niches out there (business coaching, executive coaching, life coaching, etc) However, here I have compiled the best-selling books on coaching. Please see the list below I have compiled that I think are great books on the topic of general coaching that all coaches (and leaders) can benefit from, regardless of their niche.

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


A fresh innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioral economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work–and your workplace–from good to great.

Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

• Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question
• Stay on track during any interaction with The Awe Question
• Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question, and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question
• Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question
• Finally ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question

2. Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results


The key to success in life and business is to become a master at Conversational Intelligence. It’s not about how smart you are, but how open you are to learn new and effective powerful conversational rituals that prime the brain for trust, partnership, and mutual success. Conversational Intelligence translates the wealth of new insights coming out of neuroscience from across the globe, and brings the science down to earth so people can understand and apply it in their everyday lives. Author Judith Glaser presents a framework for knowing what kind of conversations trigger the lower, more primitive brain; and what activates higher-level intelligences such as trust, integrity, empathy, and good judgment. Conversational Intelligence makes complex scientific material simple to understand and apply through a wealth of easy to use tools, examples, conversational rituals, and practices for all levels of an organization.

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


The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. In this volume, master coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus joins with 12 other professional coaches to present dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, then illustrates these coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions. Covering the gamut from basic techniques like options and actions to advanced concepts such as challenge and reframing, Coaching Questions is a book that will find a home on any coach’s short list of handy references.

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

1. Dozens of asking tools, models, and strategies.

2. The top ten asking mistakes coaches make, and how to correct each one.

3. Nearly 1200 examples of powerful questions from real coaching situations.

4. Destiny discovery tools organized in a four-part life-purpose model .

5. Overviews of 15 popular coaching niches, with a tool and examples for each.

6. A schedule of training exercises to help you become a “Master of Asking”.

4. Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives


Used as the definitive resource in dozens of professional development programs, Co-Active Coaching teaches the transformative communication process that allows individuals from all levels of an organization – from students to teachers, and direct reports to managers – to build strong, collaborative relationships.

With the first edition, the authors of Co-Active Coaching earned their place at the forefront of the coaching profession. Now, this fully revised third edition of their classic work extends the use of their pioneering Co-Active model – which emphasizes a partnership between client and coach – into leadership management throughout an organization.

This new edition has been updates to include fresh coaching examples, the latest in coaching terminology and an expanded, web-based ‘Coach’s Toolkit’.

5. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action


Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.

Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

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What other books would you suggest adding to a coaches’ reading list? Please feel free to comment below.



3 thoughts on “The Top 5 Best-Selling Books on Coaching

  1. Hi, great list! Thank you. All those books seem to focus on executive coaching. I would like to propose a practical life coaching one that I wrote and focuses on tools for life… COACHING FOR YOU by Jessica J. Lockhart. Hope you like it and it helps!


  2. The late John Whitmore’s ‘Coaching for Performance’ and Alan Fine’s ‘You Already Know How to be Great’. They were pioneers of Coaching in the business world.


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