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These handpicked leadership books for coaches and coaching clients are ones you'll use over and over when working with personal and organizational leadership issues.
 
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The Coward's Guide to Conflict
Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight
by Tim Ursiny, Ph.D.

282 pages
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As a coach, you'll be called on often to help your clients sort through and effectively face their conflicts at work and at home. This down-to-earth book, written from a coaching perspective, provides practical tools and language for dealing with conflict in a healthy way.

Learn how to deal with conflict with skill and confidence with the help of coach, author and psychologist Tim Ursiny. You'll learn to identify your own conflict style (as well as the style of your coaching clients), motivate yourself to face conflict, and learn tools strategies to succeed in these difficult conversations. Tim also teaches you how to avoid the top 10 mistakes made when dealing with upset people.

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Tales From The Top
By Graham Alexander
240 pages
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How do top business leaders become more effective? Executive coach, confidant to CEO's and catalyst for change Graham Alexander's approach is to ask the right questions to help leaders find the right answers.

In Tales from the Top, Alexander demonstrates how honest answers to effective questions propel leaders to break down barriers preventing them from operating at their highest levels of capability. After receiving his coaching, leaders:

  • Typically report a time savings of 20%-40% and estimate the improvement in their businesses has reflected 10 to 100 times the cost of coaching
  • Feel less overwhelmed and more in control
  • Become laser-sharp about priorities and more focused at work and at home
Over the course of his 25-year coaching career, Alexander has identified the 10 most common issues top-level executives face, including: Purpose in Life, Self-Awareness, Focus, and Personal Effectiveness. Each chapter deals with one of these issues as well as examples and conclusions at which other CEOs arrived, Key Principles, a Leadership Observation, and a Million-Dollar Question.
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A Career in Coaching Ministry Leaders

by Tony Stoltzfus

Many Christian coaches or coaches in training want to coach pastors or ministry leaders as part of their practice. How do you get into this niche? And what makes a successful ministry coach? Here are some answers.

The number one thing you need to know about ministry coaching is that it is all about networking. Because ministry is by nature relational (it is about producing people, not a product), ministry leaders tend to heavily favor resources that come to them through their network of relationships.

There are many different philosophies of ministry and value systems in this arena. In addition, bringing in someone with different values or a character problem can cause conflicts or relational fallout that is very costly to a ministry organization. Therefore, most ministry leaders want a recommendation from someone or some organization they know and trust before they will sign on for coaching or training. Itís all about who you know. So before you launch into this niche with high hopes, ask yourself: do I have an existing network of relationships with ministry leaders who know and trust me that I can leverage to meet others? If you donít know many pastors, or you arenít involved in ministry in a way that will give you significant exposure, building a ministry coaching practice will be an uphill climb...
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Coaching for Performance, 4th Edition
by John Whitmore
4th Edition, 232 pages
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Clear, concise, hands-on and friendly, Coaching for Performance is a top-rated business coaching guide written in a coaching style. Perfect for beginners or for practicing coaches, this bestselling handbook will help you master key skills of the coaching model and unlock people's potential to maximize their own performance.

The book contains an excellent introduction to the coaching approach, and follows with an in-depth look at the "GROW" conversational model, a widely used blueprint for structuring a coaching conversation. With tips, example questions and sample dialogue for each step, this definitive guide will quickly have you coaching people to clarity and action.

Adopted by many of the world's major corporations and with over 200,000 copies in print, this easy-to-use title argues persuasively for:

- Using questions instead of commands to raise awareness and responsibility
- Using the GROW model (Goals, Reality, Options, Will) to generate prompt action and peak performance
- The growing need to relate to the individual's sense of meaning and purpose

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The Dream Manager
By Matthew Kelly
207 pages

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Beginning with his important thought that a company can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves, Matthew Kelly explores the connection between the dreams we are chasing personally and the way we all engage at work. Tackling head-on the growing problem of employee disengagement, Kelly explores the dynamic collaboration that is unleashed when people work together to achieve company objectives and personal dreams.

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The Making of a Leader
by J. Robert Clinton
272 pages
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In this classic book on the stages of leadership development, Clinton helps you understand what God is doing in the transitional seasons of your life. If you are in the middle of a career change, a significant move, or sense a coming change of seasons in your life, this wonderful handbook will help you and your coach maximize God's work in you in the midst of change. It's definitely a book that should be in every leader's library.

In The Making of a Leader, Dr. Robert Clinton identifies the key patterns God uses to develop a leader over a life. Through studying the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, Dr.Clinton has identified the six stages of leadership development, and documented the processes and types of events God uses to develop the leader in each season of life. Transitional seasons between stages are treated in depth, as these waypoints are key indicators of where a leader is in his or her development.

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Asking Profound Questions (formerly "Asking to Win")
by Bob Biehl
31 pages
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A great question can transform your life. In this compact, high-impact booklet, Bobb Biehl, a well-known speaker and life- and business planning consultant, has captured over 100 jewels from his own experience of asking profound questions. The booklet also contains samples of several planning tools and rules of thumb for asking, planning and deciding.

Bob Biehl's questions run the gamut from career change to brainstorming to organizing to problem solving. It's a great pocket resource for Christian coaches seeking to improve their asking skills or find examples of life-changing questions. Great questions help us to think through a variety of options.

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The Calling Journey
by Tony Stoltzfus
188 pages
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The Calling Journey fills a vital need for coaches by mapping out the progression of stages and transitions God moves us through on the road to our call. This path includes predictable mountains to scale and painful, disorienting valleys all leaders must navigate to fulfill their destiny. Each stage has a unique growth agenda, and Tony shows how to coach each stage differently to line up with what God is doing in that season.

Filled with examples from the lives of biblical and contemporary leaders and overflowing with insight on how God works through our circumstances, The Calling Journey will provide a powerful perspective on your own journey and a great set of tools to work with those you coach.

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