7 Must-Read Books Of All Genres For Coaches
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PCA National Advisory Board Member Dacher Keltner is a Psychology Professor and the Director of the Greater Good Science Center (@GreaterGoodSC) at UC-Berkeley. Keltner is most famous in the sports world for his study on NBA teams, when he identified a link between positive, supportive ‘touching’ (such as high-fives) and success on the court. Keltner is also a published author, most recently publishing The Power Paradox.
In this video, Keltner recommends the following set of books, not just for 1st-time coaches, but for any coach looking to elevate their game and help make better athletes, better people.
- Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky
This book, to Keltner, is a "phenomenal book on stress" that can help coaches handle tough situations.
- Nichomachean Ethics, by Aristotle
Not only is it a short read, but it can help a coach remember that virtue and the ethical life are not only important in church, but in everyday life and coaching.
- Play: How It Shapes The Brain, Opens The Imagination, by Stuart Brown
Sports, according to Brown, is founded upon playful instincts, and Stuart Brown drives home that message better than most.
- Ethics Of A New Millenium, by The Dalai Lama
This can teach coaches the value of kindness and compassion in practice.
- Mindfulness For Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
To Keltner, when you're mindful, you can transcend the condition of nervousness or anxiety. No one teaches this practice better for those new to mindfulness better than Kabat-Zinn.
- Coach: Lessons On The Game Of Life, by Michael Lewis
Lewis' personal story of his high school coach whose message was not simply about winning, but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance.
- The Power Paradox, by Dacher Keltner
All coaches are placed in a position of power, whether they like it or not, and this book teaches coaches how to use that power for the good.