The 25 Best Life Coaching Books of All Time

Life Coaching Books

As life coaches, we love to learn about self-improvement and the human brain. We continuously search for books, podcasts, and anything that helps us change our clients’ mindsets.

Although we have a keen interest in the latest research on how the human mind works, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the information and latest research. Here, we have picked the best books, podcasts, and resources to save time and make it easier for you.

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25 Best Life Coaching Books To Read

Let’s start off with the best books for life coaching. We recommend these books because they cover almost all aspects of maintaining a successful coaching practice like coaching skills, self-care for the coach, time management, and marketing.

  1. The Inner Game of Work by Timothy W. Gallwey
    This book is your guide to removing internal and external interference to increase a client’s performance. Quenza Expansions that help clients with their inner critics include Befriending the Inner Critic and From Inner Critic to Inner Coach Meditation.

    Inner Critic to Inner Coach Life Coaching Books
    The Quenza Expansion From Inner Critic to Inner Coach Meditation lets clients listen to their inner critic and inner coach.
  2. Co-Active Coaching by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phil Sandahl
    This book guides coaches on how to create a truly collaborative and respectful relationship with your client.
  3. Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
    Emotional Intelligence is a key skill for any coach. This book will help you up your EQ game.
  4. The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry by Sue Annis Hammond
    Appreciative Inquiry trains your mind to focus on what’s working in a client’s situation and to build on the positives.
  5. The Mindful Coach by D. K. Silsbee
    This book will teach you how to bring out the best in people, including your clients.
  6. Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff
    When you’re a life coach, you often spend time focusing on problems faced by your clients. But it’s equally important to be self-compassionate because this can contribute to your coaching presence and how you turn up for your clients. Quenza includes some effective self-compassion tools like A Letter of Self-Compassion and Self-Compassion Break.

    A Letter of Self-Compassion Best Life Coaching Books
    A Letter of Self-Compassion is a Quenza Expansion that helps clients increase their self-compassion through writing letters.
  7. The Discomfort Zone by Marcia Reynolds
    A life coach’s job entails offering clients observations, intuitions, and inconsistencies. This book guides you on how to have difficult conversations with your clients.
  8. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
    This book is all about how different people can be held accountable for their commitments.
  9. Atomic Habits by James Clear
    A key component of coaching is habit formation. This book provides easy and proven ways of breaking and forming habits.
  10. Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams
    In a world where we’re used to providing answers and solutions, this book helps us ask better questions. The Beyond Limitation Question Technique on Quenza helps clients think outside normal limitations to ask more empowering questions of themselves.

    The Beyond Limitation Question Technique Life Coaching Books
    The Beyond Limitation Question Technique helps clients remove artificial limitations.
  11. The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stainer
    This book helps make coaching a regular and informal part of your daily routine.
  12. How to Invest Your Time Like Money by Elizabeth Grace Saunders
    Managing time is one of the top stressors for our clients as well as ourselves. This practical guide can help you pick up some neat tricks on managing time, like money.
  13. Authentic Happiness by M. E. P. Seligman
    This book uses positive psychology principles to define authentic happiness.
  14. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tole
    This is a classic on mindfulness and can help you and your clients stay in the present moment.
  15. Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson
    We all have a Gremlin that keeps us trapped in our comfort zone. This book will guide you on how to work with your Gremlin and help your clients do the same.
  16. The Heart of Coaching by Thomas Crane
    This book delves into the heart of transformational coaching, a method of coaching that works on significant improvements and changes for the client.
  17. Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Flow is a state of mind that engages one fully. This book discusses how we can attain flow in our day-to-day lives. The Quenza tool Exploring Flow Experiences allows clients to mine their experiences and explore what gets them into the flow status.

    Exploring Flow Experiences Best Life Coaching Books
    Exploring Flow Experiences is a tool that encourages clients to identify conditions that can get them into the flow status more often.
  18. Get Clients Now! by C. J. Hayden
    Getting new clients is mandatory to running a successful and profitable coaching practice. This is your guide to a 28-day marketing program.
  19. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
    Most clients don’t take action because of their deep-rooted fears. This book will guide you on how to influence them to take action.
  20. I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova
    This book follows the author’s path to finding deeper meaning and passion in life.
  21. A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink
    Coaching is as much about the right brain as it is about the left brain. In this book, the author discusses vital right-brained skills required for the “new” world.
  22. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
    This book provides a powerful code of conduct that can transform client lives to attain happiness, freedom, and love.
  23. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson
    Finding their passion can change everything for your clients as their lives will begin to align when they’re aware of their true passions.
  24. Learned Optimism by M. E. P. Seligman
    This book draws on years of clinical research to demonstrate the benefits of an optimistic mindset. Tapping Into Your Inner Optimist is a Quenza tool that teaches clients to be more positive.

    Tapping Into Your Inner Optimist Best Life Coaching Books
    Tapping Into Your Inner Optimist tool helps clients become more optimistic.
  25. The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps for Achieving Individual and Organizational Greatness by Clinton C. Sidle
    Everyone is a leader in their own lives and in their communities. This book discusses different types of leadership styles required for different situations.

16 Interesting Audiobooks And Podcasts To Listen To

As the world of coaching updates every day, the success of your practice will depend on how quickly you absorb the latest information. There are many audiobooks and podcasts that can help you stay up to date on coaching techniques and the latest findings.

Here are some of our favorite audiobooks and podcasts.

  1. The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
    This audiobook discusses 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into clients’ lives. The Best Possible Self and Your Best Possible Resilient Self are two great Quenza tools that enable clients to envision optimal futures through the art of possibility.

    Your Best Possible Resilient Self Coaching Questions
    The Your Best Possible Resilient Self Expansion includes coaching questions to help clients visualize themselves at their most resilient.
  2. Huberman Lab with Dr. Andrew Huberman
    This podcast discusses all things neuroscience.
  3. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
    This podcast features experts that can help you make a bigger impact and live better.
  4. Feel Better, Live More with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
    The aim of this podcast is to simplify health advice.
  5. 1 Insight with Rich Litvin
    Want to hear an experienced coach, coach other coaches? This is the podcast for you.
  6. Unlocking Us with Brene Brown
    Best-selling author Brene Brown explores ideas, stories, books, and experiences on this podcast.
  7. The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo
    These podcast episodes help you learn, grow, and become a certified life coach through the School.
  8. Mastering Coaching Skills with Lindsay Dotzlaf
    Want to learn from the experiences of a fellow coach? If so, you can sharpen your coaching skills by listening to this podcast. To identify which coaching skills you need the most help with, you can use tools like the Coach Evaluation Form and The Session Rating Scale to collect feedback from clients.

    Quenza Session Rating Scale Best Life Coaching Books
    Quenza’s ‘Session Rating Scale’ helps you measure the success of each session by getting feedback from your clients.
  9. Coaches Rising with Coaches Rising
    This podcast features discussions on transformational coaching.
  10. Life Coaching Toolbox with the Transformation Academy
    These bite-sized podcast episodes offer quick insights and proven tools. The Quenza platform offers many life coaching assessment tools like The Wheel of Life and Life Domain Satisfaction.

    Wheel of Life Coaching Books To Read
    With Quenza’s unique ‘Wheel of Life’ feature, you can design custom coaching engagements more efficiently.
  11. Everything Life Coaching with JRNI Coaching
    This life coaching podcast offers deep dives on positive psychology, new coaching techniques, and business advice.
  12. Let’s Get Real with Coach Menachem with Coach Menachem Bernfeld
    An inspiring podcast by a fellow coach.
  13. Free Hypnosis and Coaching with Joseph Clough
    This podcast will help you work on your limiting beliefs and keep you motivated as you go along your coaching journey. In keeping with the theme of grounding and hypnosis, Quenza offers many tools like Eye of the Hurricane Meditation and Gratitude Meditation to help ground clients.

    Eye of the Hurricane Meditation Life Coaching Books
    Quenza includes ‘Eye of the Hurricane Meditation’ and many other meditation tools to ground you and your clients.
  14. The Art of Coaching with Brett Bartholomew
    This podcast allows you to keep abreast of new developments in the coaching industry.
  15. The Habit Coach with Ashdin Doctor
    This podcast is all about creating simple habits that are hard to skip. Realizing Long-Lasting Change by Setting Process Goals on the Quenza platform empowers clients to form long-lasting habits.

    Realizing Long-Lasting Change Life Coaching Books to read
    Forming habits is essential when achieving client goals. The Quenza platform has many tools that can help with this.
  16. The Grief Coach by Brooke James
    If you coach clients facing grief, this podcast may help you understand their needs better.

Resources & Solutions For Life Coaches

Want more resources? Here is a list of professional bodies, communities, tools, assessments, and free templates. These should answer any questions you have about life coaching and help you get started with your coaching practice.

  1. International Coaching Federation (ICF): The leading body for coach accreditations and industry standards.
  2. Co-Active Coaching Toolkit by the Co-Active Training Institute.
  3. Coach Collab: A community of expert coaches. You can discuss coaching in this portal and participate in demo coaching sessions by ICF-accredited coaches.
  4. The Quenza Community Portal: The Quenza platform offers a coaching community for you. You can ask questions and share your experiences.

    Quenza Community Portal Life Coaching Books
    The Quenza Community Portal is a place where coaches can collaborate.
  5. Free VIA Strengths Assessment: To assess the inherent strengths of clients.
  6. Free Myers Briggs Personality Types: To assess character traits of clients.
  7. Free Holland Code Career Test: To assess career matches for clients.
  8. Quenza Assessments and Evaluations: Quenza also offers a suite of tools developed by expert coaches that you can easily use for your clients.

    Quenza Expansion Library Life Coaching Books
    The Quenza Expansion Library contains many tools that life coaches can reuse.
  9. Free Coaching Exercises and Resources from Life Coach on the Go.
  10. Free Coaching Tools and Resources by The Coaching Tools Company.
  11. Free Coaching Tools and Resources on Pinterest.

Final Thoughts

We hope you found our list of life coaching resources helpful. Be sure to check out our Virtual Life Coaching guide if you’re looking to get started, and happy coaching!

We invite you to start your $1, 1 month trial of Quenza and learn more about how the Quenza portal enables you to access a host of life coaching resources.

About the author

Sabrina is a life and career coach, currently working on her ICF accreditation. She is also an experienced freelance writer focusing on mental health and technology. In her past corporate life, she was an automation manager at a bank in Toronto, Canada.

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