5 Books Every Lifestyle Coach Should Read to Improve Their Skills

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

As a lifestyle coach, you have a commitment to providing effective tools, information, and leadership. One way to ensure you are taking steps to do so is by reading books that better yourself and your ability to lead others. Collecting information in books can cultivate, inspire, and teach you. In the spirit of self-improvement, here are five books every lifestyle coach should read to improve their skills.

1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

To start, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is an extremely popular self-help book that centers around universal principles that Covey calls “character ethic.” The book speaks about external factors (natural laws) versus internal (personal values) and behavior versus consequence. The author also specifies seven habits that coaches can use to improve: 

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw
2. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence emphasizes the importance of emotional literacy and its ability to impact your coaching skills. The author focuses on self-awareness, emotional control, self-motivation, empath, and handling relationships. This classic spent more than a year on the New York Times Best Seller List. It teaches coaches how to strengthen both their interpersonal skills and introspective skills, making them better people overall.

3. The Truth About Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Kouzes’ and Posner’s The Truth About Leadership is a research-based book centered around a wide array of responses to a leadership assessment. This book provides fundamental leadership elements to increase effectiveness, regardless of your career path, the latest trends, or even unique circumstances that face your team. Although this is a leadership book, the advice given is universal, making it perfect for lifestyle coaching and a good book to keep on hand as a reference for years to come.

4. Tribes by Seth Godin

Seth Godin’s Tribes was published in 2008 and inspires people to pursue their passions and become coaches organically through relationships and hard work. While this text is not a step-by-step manual on how to become a lifestyle coach, it is the motivation that many people need to quiet the self-doubt. Tribes encourages its readers to dig deep, commit to hard work, and hold on tight to your faith in your dreams and yourself.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is another classic self-help book. It shares multiple principles on how to manage interpersonal relationships in an effort to become more influential. The author covers many topics. However conflict resolution, de-escalation, respect, apologizing, being agreeable, and showing appreciation are a few that stand out. This book is full of applicable advice for both you and the people you coach.

Being a lifestyle coach means you must always refine yourself in ways that will improve your ability to lead and inspire others. Taking time to read about how to better influence others or be the best version of yourself will result in you being a lifestyle coach that others can always depend on.