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100 Best Books to Read to Be a Better Coach (& Human)

100 Best Books

No matter where you are on your current path, I'm sure you'll agree that there's always room for improvement. 

But let's face it, as human species, we're hesitant to change our ways and push our comfort zone.

For most of us, it's the fear of failure.

Or maybe, it's the fear of the unknown or uncertainty.

Yet, uncertainty could be a great compass for growth. One of the ways to put yourself in the face of uncertainty is by modelling how others have done it. 

Personally for me, my library of books serves as a great model and have influenced my life in so many ways. It's like "picking my favourite person's brains" whenever I want, wherever I want, without an appointment.

From getting unstuck to trying out new ideas to upskilling myself when it comes to coaching, business, and life itself, books have been there through the journey and challenged my internal status quo for the better.

The following list of 100 best books is a medley of personal development, coaching, positive psychology, leadership and human behaviour from a business (and personal) perspective. Of course, you'll find many of these books are an overlap in the categories, and they provide you a basic framework to navigate your own path.

If you haven't read them yet, I highly encourage you to start doing so now. It will be a time well spent. 

{Books on Personal Development}

1. Pathways to Your Success and Happiness By Sharon Pearson

2. The Power of Now: A Guide Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart Tolle

3. Managing Oneself By Peter F Drucker

4. Life in Half a Second: How to Achieve Success Before It’s Too Late By Mathew Michalewicz

5. Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long By David Rock

6. 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less By Richard Koch

7. Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity By Carson Tate

8. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ By Daniel Goleman

9. The Power of Intention By Dr Wayne Dyer

10. Feel the Fear… and Do it Anyway By Susan Jeffers

11. Radical Self-Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha By Tara Brach

12. Think Like A Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain By Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

13. The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1 By Seneca

14. We Learn Nothing: Essays By Tim Kreider

15. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work By Mason Currey

16. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level By Gay Hendricks

17. Talk like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds By Carmine Gallo

18. The Fish That Ate The Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King By Rich Cohen

19. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing By Al Ries and Jack Trout

20. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference By Malcom Gladwell

21. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battlesd By Steven Pressfield

22. Good to Great By Jim Collins

23. A Short Story of Everything By Bill Bryson

24. Tao Te Ching By Lao Tsu

25. Awaken The Giant Within By Anthony Robbins

26. Eat That Frog!: Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Timey By Brian Trac

27. Civilization and Its Discontents By Sigmund Freud

28. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff At Work By Richard Carlson

29. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions By Dan Ariely

30. The 4-Hour Work Week By Tim Ferris

{Books on Coaching}

31. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage By Brene Brown

32. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration By Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

33. Instant Rapport By Michael Brooks

34. Thinking Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

35. Meta Dynamics Platinum Pack By Sharon Pearson

36. Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust By Chris Brogan

37. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens By Steven Covey

38. Start With Why By Simon Sinek

39. Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives By Henry Kimsey-House and Karen Kimsey-House

40. 50 Top Tools for Coaching: A Complete Toolkit for Developing and Empowering People By Gillian Jones and Ro Gorell 

41. Coaching for Leadership: The Practice of Leadership Coaching from the World's Greatest Coaches By Marshall Goldsmith and Laurence Lyons

42. Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills By Tony Stoltzfus

43. Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS By John Blakey

44. The Five Minute Coach: Improve Performance Rapidly By Lynne Cooper and Mariette Castellino

45. Transformational Executive CoachingBy Ted Middleberg

46. Vision Board By The Coaching Institute

47. Guerrilla Marketing for Coaches: Six Steps to Building Your Million-Dollar Coaching Practice By Jay Levinson and Andrew Neitlich

48.The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients By Steve Chandler

{Books on Positive Psychology}

49. You Can Heal Your Life By Louise Hay

50. Meditations By Marcus Aurelius

51. Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide to Personal Transformation: Motivational Psychology: Gain Confidence in Every Area of Your Life (Applied Psychology) By Nathan Bellow and Johnny Bell

52. The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life By Don Ruiz and Janet Mills

53. Mindset: The Psychology of Success By Carol S Dweck

54. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose By Eckhart Tole

55. The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

56. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and Art of Battling Giants By Malcom Gladwell

57. The Art of Exceptional Living By Jim Rohn

58. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work By Shawn Achor

59. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiencei By Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

60. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science By Norman Doidge

61. Learned Optimism: How To Change Your Mind and Your Life By Martin Seligman

62. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking By Malcom Gladwell

63. Your Success: 10 Steps to an Extraordinary Life By Sharon Pearson

64. Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work By Steven Pressfield

65. Outliers: The Story of Success By Malcom Gladwell

66. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion By Robert B Cialdini

67. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear By Elizabeth Gilbert

68. 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene

69. The Art of War By Sun Tzu 

{Books on Leadership}

70. How To Win Friends And Influence People By Dale Carnegie

71. Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us By Seth Godin

72. Long Walk to Freedom By Nelson Mandela

73. Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson

74. Contagious: Why Things Catch on By Jonah Berger

75. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't By Jim Collins 

76. Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential By Carol Dweck

77. Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better By Doug Lemov

78. Disruptive Leadership By Sharon Pearson

79. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time By Will Durant

80. The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow By John Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett

81. The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships By Lois Zachary 

82. The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work By Joseph Campbell

83. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences By Nancy Duarte

{Books on Sales & Human Behaviour}

84. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator By Ryan Holiday

85. Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill

86. The Richest Man in Babylon: Blueprint for Financial Success By George S. Clason

87. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way By Richard Branson

88. Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy By Martin Lindstrom

89. Crush It!:  Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion By Gary Vaynerchuk

90. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses s

91. The Psychology of Selling: Increase Your Sales Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible By Brian TrayBy Eric Reic

92. The Intelligent Investor By Benjamin Graham

93. Master Your Goals: Success Legacy Library By Zig Ziglar

94. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future By Peter Thiel

95. The Personal MBA: Master the Art Of Business By Josh Kaufman

96. Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom By Tony Robbins

97. Rising Strong By Brene Brown

98. Simple Strategies for Business Success By Sharon Pearson

99. HBR on Communication By Harvard Business Review

100. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die By Chip Health

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Your Turn Now!

What are your personal favourites? What impact have they had on your life? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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