Presence-Based Coaching is built on the foundation of three classic and influential books by the founder, Doug Silsbee. The books, taken together, lay out the core models and teachings of this approach.


The Mindful Coach: Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development

Doug Silsbee’s pioneering first book explores the intersection of mindfulness and coaching. It is the first to integrate the practice of self-awareness with a logical and pragmatic approach to developing coaching skills.

The book distinguishes seven “Voices” that a coach uses to catalyze learning in others, and explores how to orient these Voices to the client’s emerging learning, rather than to the unconscious identity needs of the coach.

Lots of exercises, sample dialogues, and practical models for application support a systematic approach for developing your sensitivity and effectiveness as a coach.

Extensive coaching dialogues illustrate a pragmatic road map for coaching conversations that work.

Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith.

Presence-Based Coaching:
Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart

This book builds on the first to explore the essential contribution of presence as a meta-competency for human development.

The book offers a practical map to the territory of working with presence, both within yourself and in your coaching and developing of others. We explore presence as an essential element of human learning and development.

The book maps how presence accelerates and deepens the development process, and offers reliable practices for accessing presence. Extensive coaching moves for bringing presence into coaching are brought to life through illustrative dialogs. Concrete models, extensive references and pragmatic examples ground a robust toolkit for building your own presence and extending it to others.

Foreword by Richard Strozzi-Heckler.


Presence-Based Leadership:
Complexity Practices for Clarity, Resilience, and Results That Matter

Presence-Based Leadership is founded on this liberating premise: leaders’ most crucial and complex challenges, rather than being obstacles, are actually doorways for becoming precisely the leader that current conditions require.
Here is a rich field guide to the territory of complexity, and how leaders can navigate it with leading edge approaches that generate clarity, resilience, and results that actually matter.

Silsbee’s new book is his most expansive. A master of integration, he seamlessly weaves fields as disparate as complexity, leadership and adult development theory, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology into a deeply human exploration of how leaders can bring the fullness of their humanity to the most intractable challenges they face. His immensely pragmatic approach grounds new perspectives with intimate real-world examples. He offers specific, field-tested experiments and practices that invite the reader into discovery and application.

This is a radically new and integrated approach to leadership, through which leaders can tap the creativity and resourcefulness of their internal complexity in order to meet a complex world. Through cultivating an embodied leadership presence, readers will become more dynamic shapers of the context in which they lead, and a creative force for what matters in a fractured and dynamic world.

Presence-Based Leadership is the third and final volume in Doug Silsbee’s ground-breaking and influential trilogy on coaching and leadership.

Foreword by Kevin Cashman.