The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders

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by Lee J. Colan and Julie Davis-Colan

“Lee and Julie deliver powerful lessons. As inspirational as it is practical. A vital tool for leaders at any career stage. An extraordinary book!” 

- Marshall Goldsmith, The Thinkers 50  #1 Leadership Thinker in the World



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Reliability is the building block of great individual and team performance. 

Excellent leaders start with themselves. Lead your team to reliable results by first committing to personal reliability.

Next, as an excellent leader apply the 5 coaching habits to:

  • Gain alignment

  • Ignite engagement

  • Enlist ownership

  • Enhance accountability

  • Deepen commitment.

Together with your team achieve The Reliability Advantage!

This simple, yet powerful model (see below) has been field tested with over 20,000 leaders. 

Why is this book different from other coaching books?

  1. Addresses a frequently considered but rarely explained dynamic of how certain people and teams are more reliable than others.
  2. Provides actionable insights for improving personal reliability before coaching others since leadership is an inside job.
  3. Presents a simple, field-tested coaching model that can be implemented immediately.
  4. No special training or script required to effectively apply the 5 coaching habits.

128 pgs.

“Lee and Julie deliver powerful lessons with simple, concise language. As inspirational as it is practical. A vital tool leaders at any career stage. An extraordinary book!”

Marshall Goldsmith
The Thinkers 50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders describes the daily challenge of coaching in simple terms and brings it to life with engaging examples.  The authors’ encouraging style and practical tools empower leaders to take positive action for their teams.” 

Daniel Jones
Charmain & CEO
Encore Wire

"The authors cracked the coaching code!  They simplified the art of coaching into five easily communicated and applied steps.  In our company, the best leaders are good coaches, so we will use this book to elevate our game. Thank you, Lee, for being an outstanding RELIABLE leader and coach! I strongly recommend The 5 Coaching Habits to any leader who wants to boost team performance"

Jerry Crawford
Jani-King International, Inc.

“After almost 20 years of being coached by Lee on many of these principles, I am thankful that he has put them in writing.  As a coaches’ coach, Lee delivers great and practical insights to help every leader be a better coach.  Consistent with previous books, Lee and Julie are to the point and deliver practical tools that leaders can apply immediately.”

Barry E. Davis
Chairman & CEO
EnLink Midstream

“Lee Colan really, really gets it. He has a unique skill of converting complex leadership concepts into an easy-to-understand, practical approach. He has done it again in The 5 Coaching Habits.  His blend of experience and know-how is hard to find. If you want engaged, or better yet inspired, leaders—he is the man!”

Dave Loeser
Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources

“Reliability is, indeed, the most fundamental element of differentiation. In our choice of personal relationships, business interactions or advisors we make our decisions based on trust and reliability.  Lee Colan and Julie Davis Colan have captured this essential ingredient and incorporated the steps for "reliability" in the 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders.  The book itself has achieved differentiation through "reliability"...advice you can count on!”

Jim Keyes
former CEO, 7-Eleven
former Chairman & CEO, Blockbuster

“We all know great leaders need to be good coaches, but this book very succinctly clarifies and simplifies the coaching habits of excellent leaders.  The authors keep it short and sweet in delivering actionable tools to help leaders elevate their coaching game.”

Andrew Levi
Blue Calypso

“In a time of uncertainty, rising distrust of leaders, "alternative facts", "fake news", etc., Lee Colan and Julie-Davis Colan provide a timely and relevant book every leader and aspiring leader should read.  The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders gets to the heart of how to be an effective and reliable coach for your team. It is a roadmap for developing an engaged and highly motivated team that gives your organization a decided advantage. As the authors so aptly point out, "the best way to coach reliability is to be personally reliable."  A good first step would be to read this book.”

Joel T. Allison
Former President & CEO
Baylor Scott & White Health

“Ever since I met Lee Colan and read his and Julie’s book, Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence, I have been a fan. Their ability to reduce the complexity of leadership to a simple, concise set of habits and principles sets them apart. Even more importantly, by reading this short book, a good leader can become an excellent leader by focusing on their five coaching habits. Any team and company will benefit by implementing the reliability advantage.”

Dennis McCuistion
Television host and Executive Director
The Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance
The University of Texas at Dallas

“Lee has written another insightful coaching book that will be an excellent resource for new or seasoned business leaders.   I’ve utilized Lee’s talents and tools over the years.   Whether coaching new or experienced leaders or assisting them in driving growth, profitability or innovation, I’ve found Lee’s coaching style and methods to be extremely effective. Well done!”

Chuck Jerasa
Group President
 Gibraltar Industries

“Paying it Forward is in the DNA of great leaders and Lee and Julie have once again “paid it forward” to their readers by sharing their expertise in “The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders”.  Filled with insight and practical tips, it’s a must have guide for leaders of all levels who understand the value of developing the potential of others.  Kudos to Lee and Julie for providing yet another tool for the leadership tool box!”

Sharon Goldstein
Campus Operating Officer
Berkeley College Online

“This book is clearly written to be applied by leaders who are interested in actions that help their teams get better every day.  The authors know it’s not about complex competencies or innate skills – it’s about the simple and clear things we DO every day.  No scripts or flow charts to remember - just powerful behaviors paired with proven tools to boost team performance. “

Dean Carter
Chief Administrative Officer

“Lee and Julie articulate that great leaders choose to meet the needs of their team over any personal discomforts.  This choice is made through first knowing yourself and then having clarity in establishing priorities in business and life.  From this self-discipline, they offer five excellent habits leaders must employ to boost engagement, align goals and ultimately improve individual and team performance.  I highly recommend this leadership journey for anyone who wants to improve themselves and their team.”   

Craig Dunaway
Penn Station East Coast Subs

“The authors’ approach and tools for how excellent leaders build reliable teams is paramount to delivering excellent business results.’

Tom Pajonas

"The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders is a handy field guide for every leader.  The authors deliver simple but powerful tools that you can put to work with your team right away.  It is a quick-read, high-impact resource!"

Terry Looper

"The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders, is just that...EXCELLENT!  What a fantastic reminder of the fundamental value of reliability personally and as a coach to your team.  This is clearly the most straightforward and immediately useable treatment of this topic available today."

Scott Florence
Vice President, Sales
AdvoCare Int'l

“Three Cheers to Lee and Julie. They’ve done it-again!  The Colans are reliably reliable! When they speak, I listen.”

Denis G. Simon
   Senior Executive Vice President
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

"These five coaching habits are applied by the very best leaders and coaches. If you want to be a better leader, this is an excellent starting point!"

Skip Prichard
 OCLC, Inc.
Author of The Book of Mistakes (Jan. 2018), Leadership Insights Blogger at


“If you want to lead with excellence you must read: The 5 Coaching Habits of Excellent Leaders. It will fill the gap from where you are to where you want to be.”

Lolly Daskal
 Top leadership blogger
Author, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness