World's #1 Coaching Book

The definitive book for leaders and coaches wanting to create high-performance in organizations

The Fifth Edition of Coaching for Performance is inspiring a whole new generation of leaders to build a better world. Sir John Whitmore’s fully revised classic text on coaching and leadership features case studies drawn from 40 years of working with leading global organizations. A practical guide, endorsed by the International Coach Federation (ICF), Coaching for Performance proposes a new cultural assessment tool and ROI methodology to enable leaders to track their investment, at the same time helping to professionalize the coaching industry. This definitive work for coaches, leaders and organizations who want to create high-performance cultures will be available in 150 countries and over 20 languages.

“Sir John Whitmore and Performance Consultants shine a light on what it takes to create high performance and unpick the myths around coaching.”
John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays and Chairman, TheCityUK


Coaching for Performance raises the bar.”
Jorge Paulo Lemann, Co-Founder, 3G Capital, and Director, The Kraft Heinz Company


“This book is a must-read for leaders and organizational development practitioners who recognize that coaching is a performance activity which impacts leaders, teams and culture holistically.”
Thorsten Klein, Director, Global Talent & Organization Development, eBay


Coaching for Performance communicates the value that Sir John has brought to businesses all over the world. This edition synthesizes his vision and must be the one book that all business leaders have to hand as support for their daily management issues.”
Michael Hacking, Founder and CEO, Mocoh SA


Coaching for Performance is the proven resource for all coaches and pioneers of the future of coaching.”
Magdalena N Mook, Executive Director and CEO, International Coach Federation


Coaching for Performance was our reference manual when we introduced coaching as part of our leadership development activities in the European Commission. It helped us to understand the benefits of coaching, provided a sound base in our initial selection of external coaches and, later, a benchmark for the development of our own internal coaching team. Some years on, the Commission benefits from a strong coaching culture, with Sir John’s work as the main reference point. This book is a must-read for managers and OD practitioners alike.”
Norman Jardine, Head of Internal Communication, European Commission, DG Human Resources and Security


Coaching for Performance directly impacts the way of working in our companies. It provides coaches and leaders with a fantastic tool for people development that is so powerful.”
Jean-Louis Araignous, Coaching Program Manager, Volvo Group University


Coaching for Performance is a real eye-opener that will transform your vision of organizations and the power of coaching. An organization’s success depends on its human capital. Leaders who coach can unlock massive reserves of potential, build high-performance teams, and deliver extraordinary results.”
Mark Hoijtink, President EMEA, Hasbro

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