Part of my commitment to my role as a life and career coach is to be constantly learning, growing, and improving myself to be able to serve my clients in an impactful way. One of the ways I constantly work on that is by reading about coaching, leadership, and personal growth. I love to read, and along with my monthly pleasure book, I also read 1 coaching-related book per month. Over the past couple of years I have read dozens of titles, but these 5 have stuck with me as particularly resonant to my own growth, and also particularly applicable to my coaching work.
Whether you are a seasoned or budding professional coach, a leader, or just a person looking to increase your power and awareness, you’ll enjoy the wisdom in these pages.
1. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
By: Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
There is perhaps no topic more important than self-love and self-compassion. When we are kind to ourselves, we are able to show up that way for others and feel more empowered to build the lives that we really want. This book is an important exploration in how essential it is to be aware of your self-talk, and to be your own best friend.
2. The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for you and your Clients
By: Steven Chandler and Rich Litvin
This book is specifically for coaches, but whether you are a health coach, a life coach, a career coach, or any other type of coach, read it today. It reminds you to show up in the most true way that you can as a coach, so you have an enormous impact on your clients, and in turn grow a successful business without fake sales pitches or losing your own purpose. This book would be my highest reading recommendation for any coach.
3. Who the F*ck am I to be a Coach?
By: Megan Jo Wilson
From Wilson’s book, one of the most uplifting paragraphs I’ve read:
“As we claim our power from the inside, a surprising thing happens on the outside. We find instead of becoming more self-absorbed, we become more and more interested in serving others. We care less about what other people think of us. We care less about doing it perfectly and we care more about choosing who we will be and how we will be, and what our impact will be while we’re here. From this place, you will touch hundreds and maybe thousands of lives, because you have committed to being more and more of the amazing and brave human you were created to be,” (page 5).
Need I say more on why this short little book is worth a read?
4. Playing Big
By: Tara Mohr
This book is an important read for any woman who is a coach, a leader, a mentor, a speaker, a teacher, or who is wanting to be more confident in their purpose. Mohr covers deep topics such as overcoming fear, taming your inner-critic, getting in touch with your wisest self, speaking your truth, clarifying your message, and building a big life. You can read about the importance of strengthening your speech to increase your impact in another post I wrote inspired by this book, here.
5. The Four Agreements
By: Don Miguel Ruiz
This book is a great read for anyone interested in personal growth (hopefully everyone). You have probably seen it quoted or referenced in many places, because the wisdom in this book can apply to every aspect of our lives. The Four Agreements are:
Be Impeccable with your Word
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always do your Best
You can imagine how living by all 4 of those agreements would enhance your power as a coach and benefit your clients, but also how they serve as guiding principles for showing up truthfully in our whole lives. If you haven’t already, and whether you are a coach or not, pick up this book and dive in.
If you are a coach and have read a book that made you more powerful in your work, please share it! I’d love to know others to add to the list.