Best Sports Leadership Books

Book rating updated 9.05.2024

Develop winning mindset! List of the best sports leadership books of all time sorted by rating – the most popular and recommended.

  1. Eleven Rings

    5 063 ratings
    Recommended by: Tom Bilyeu

    In "Eleven Rings," Phil Jackson describes his odyssey, becoming one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. Far beyond just a trip through the many experiences of head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, this course will provide straight-up leadership rules, mindfulness, and how to build a culture around success and mutual respect. Senge discusses the origin of businesses and organizations that have been exhibiting learning and adaptive cultures.

  2. Legacy

    6 513 ratings

    Analyzes the leadership secrets behind the All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby team, which is not only the most successful sports team on the planet but one of the best ever. In this course, we take a study of team culture, values of humility, and integrity; "sweeping the sheds," in other words, attending to the details. Be inspired about building a high-performance culture, developing leadership at all levels, and creating a lasting legacy.

  3. The Score Takes Care of Itself

    2 120 ratings
    Recommended by: Sam Altman, Justin Kan

    In this effective book, the legendary football coach Bill Walsh shares his philosophy on leading and building a team. It is noted that success is underlined to be steered by having a focus on the process and not on the outcome. By inculcating the work ethic, promoting teamwork, and paying attention to details, it is proven that Walsh is indeed capable of being a personification of life application within an organization or in aspects of life beyond sport. Bottom line is, the scores take care of themselves when the little things are taken care of. This is a book that provides much learning in the way excellence is built through disciplined and thoughtful practices.

  4. The Dynasty

    3 196 ratings

    An unprecedented look behind the scenes at the New England Patriots, the franchise ranked as one of the most successful thanks to head coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady. Explores the key drivers that have contributed to its sustained excellence over an extended period: organizational culture, talent acquisition, and game planning. Gives a peek at how Belichick has managed everything and how the team has been so resilient in times of trouble.

  5. Gridiron Genius

    990 ratings

    Innovative Leadership and Coaching Practices from the Best Minds in Football. Profiles the legendary coaches: Bill Walsh, Al Davis, Bill Belichick and reveals what factors contributed to their unique style and success. Shows how to succeed in game planning, talent evaluation, and adjusting to change. Valuable lessons for any leader to be better prepared, better able to compete, and better able to build and sustain success.

  6. Win Forever

    794 ratings

    Reveals the type of leadership philosophy that fueled Pete Carroll's successful tenures at USC and the Seattle Seahawks. The Essentials of Competitive Spirit, Personal Growth, and Positive Thinking in the Quest for Sustainable Success. Offers practical advice on how to build a strong culture for your team, developing talent, and staying true to your culture and your core values.

  7. The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban

    388 ratings

    It looks in-depth at the leadership approach of legendary Alabama football coach Nick Saban and his "Process" of building and maintaining a championship-caliber program, with specific elements including attention to detail, relentless pursuit of improvement, and unwavering work ethic. It contains examples of how Saban developed talent, built a winning culture, and his successes against many of the odds stacked up against him. Interspersed with interviews from some of his former players and coaches, the text drips with the kind of greatness you can only ascribe to someone like Nick Saban.

  8. Do Your Job

    171 ratings

    Get an inside look at the leadership principles that underlie success at the Baltimore Ravens. Get best practices in how to create a culture of success, developing talent, and change management from head coach John Harbaugh and other leaders in the team. Best practices in the creation of a culture of success, talent development, and management of change can be best appreciated when taken from the examples of head coach John Harbaugh and other team leaders. An inspirational, interesting read for any leader who wishes to apply proven principles from the world of sports to their own organization.

  9. Contemporary Leadership in Sport Organizations

    64 ratings

    Evaluate situational factors of leadership in the modern sports organization. Review various leadership theories and investigate the practical application within the sports industry. Discuss skills and knowledge needed for effective leadership: Communication, motivation, and decision-making. Illustrate with examples and case studies.

  10. Sport Leadership in the 21st Century

    42 ratings

    A closer examination of modern sport leadership. Areas of consideration for those holding such sport leadership roles would include leadership of teams, coaching, management, and administration. Study how aspects of globalization, technology, and social concerns impact leadership in sport. A better understanding of best practices in leadership—ways to create team culture, develop diversity and inclusion, and approach change. The words of wisdom from the best and brightest in sport leadership.


  • What are the best sports leadership books ever written?

    These are the top 7 best books on sports leadership of all time and for this year (2024) sorted by rating:

    1. "The Score Takes Care of Itself" by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, and Craig Walsh
    2. "Leading" by Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz
    3. "The Captain Class" by Sam Walker
    4. "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success" by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
    5. "Wooden on Leadership" by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
    6. "The Winner Within" by Pat Riley
    7. "Quiet Leadership" by Carlo Ancelotti.
  • What are the most popular authors of sports leadership books?

    Here are authors of good books about sports leadership:

    1. John Wooden ("Wooden on Leadership," "The Pyramid of Success")
    2. Phil Jackson ("Eleven Rings," "Sacred Hoops")
    3. Mike Krzyzewski ("Leading with the Heart," "The Gold Standard")
    4. Bill Walsh ("The Score Takes Care of Itself")
    5. Vince Lombardi ("Vince Lombardi on Leadership," "What It Takes to Be #1")
    6. Pat Summitt ("Reach for the Summit," "Sum It Up")
    7. Joe Torre and Tom Verducci ("The Yankee Years")
    8. Tony Dungy ("Quiet Strength," "Uncommon").