Coaching & Leadership Lessons from the Best Sports Coaches

Here are some great books I read by professional sports coaches which I thought apply perfectly to Sales Leaders who want to learn the real art of coaching from the best:

  • Bill Walsh – Finding a Winning Edge
  • Bill Walsh – The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership
  • Phil Jackson – Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
  • John Wooden – Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization
  • Urban Meyer – Above the Line
  • Peter Carroll – Win Forever
  • Tom Coughlin – Earn the Right to Win
  • Nick Saban – How Good Do You Want to Be?
  • Vince Lombardi – What It Takes to Be #1 : Vince Lombardi on Leadership
  • Alex Ferguson – Leading
  • Tony Dungy – Quiet Strength

Bonus reading (not necessarily coaches but some of the legendary players and those who worked with and studied the best in sports):

  • Kobe Bryant – The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
  • Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable – Tim Grover (trainer to Jordan, Bryant, Dwayne Wade)
  • You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team – Jon Gordon & Mike Smith
  • The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership – Sam Walker
  • Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In – Brett Bartholomew