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Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,836 ratings  ·  104 reviews
In his more than twenty years coaching the Blue Devils, Coach Mike Krzyzewski has made his program the most admired in the nation, with back-to-back national championships in '91, '92, and again in 2001, and ten Final Four appearances since 1986. Now, in Leading with the Heart, Coach K talks about leadership-how you earn it, how you practice it, and how you use it to move ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 1st 2000)
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Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had higher hopes for this book because of what I know of Coach K's character. I was disappointed because there was not much to separate this book from any other leadership book written by a coach.

I did find chapter 12 (Celebrate Tradition) to be a neat insight into some of the unique aspects of Duke basketball culture. It is this chapter that reaffirmed my respect for Coach K and how he chooses to live his life and run his program. His description of the time he spent with Jim Valvano was also
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably one of the only books from school that I actually have enjoyed so far. It was definitely interesting seeing Coach K's thoughts and experiences with leadership and its theories. I'm not a huge basketball fan, so I was really dreading this book going into it. I'm glad that I did read it though, as I've gained some great insight on someone who is a successful team leader and I can definitely apply this to my every day life.
Anthony Venturini
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read the non-fiction book Leading with the Heart by Mike Krzyzewski who is the head basketball coach at Duke University. I think that the purpose he had in writing this book was to inform the reader on how to develop good coaching skills as well as applying them to your everyday life, and allowing you to become a better individual along with becoming an even better teammate. In the book, Coach K talks about using your time wisely, and not wasting it doing things that are going to hurt you, and ...more
Jonathan Da-silva
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Leading with the heart is a inspiring book made by the legendary Duke university basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski. In this book, Coach K talks about the types of players he wants to coach, and what type of leader he want to be. This book taught me a lot it. It taught me to never give up, to respect everyone, and that everything comes for the heart. One day I wanna go to Duke university and play for Coach K, hopefully that happens.

This book is good for people who like basketball and want
Blake Wilkins
This was another book my grandma told me to read since I liked the Duke Blue Devils. I really enjoyed learning about Coach K's life. I really enjoyed how he talked about how he got his team ready for the four national championships he won. I enjoyed how he described what practice was like through his eyes. I liked the part where he said he dove on the floor after a ball to prove a point his players to hustle more. My favorite part of the whole book was when Jim Valvano a basketball coach at Nort ...more
Coach Mike Krzyzewski lead Duke University to multiple championships. This is his advice about coaching and living a successful life.

Why I picked up this book: You probably already know about Coach K if you follow college basketball. Since I don't, I learned about his book from the Navy's recommended reading list.

Why I finished it: I struggled with this a little... it was easy for me to put this down and pick up another book. See above about me not being a college basketball fan. His leadership
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
even if you don't like Coach K or the Duke Blue Devils, after reading this book I think you can at least respect the man and have some admiration for his coaching style... i haven't read too many books written by coaches, so maybe this is like many others, but it basically provides some practical advice to being successful in life, & there are certain pieces of it that might even be post-it note worthy for inspiration around the office.
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from my high school softball coach. It has outstanding life lessons that I have used ever since. I re-read it every year before softball season and will be able to apply it towards the future. I love how Krzyzewski uses examples from his team and the business world. He has quite a heart and it shows by his former players raves about his personality and character.
Jon Fugler
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is not about basketball. Coach K shares leadership lessons that span all of life. Lots of gems in here.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars would be more accurate. All things considered, this was a pretty generic book on leadership. It gets the extra half-star because the basketball stories did make it more interesting and easier to read.
If you are a big fan of Duke basketball, you will probably like it more than I did.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-life
I love seeing the inside of someone’s life. I love Duke basketball, and now I love Coach K even more. I also love that even though this is an “older” book, the truths are still relevant... “Please, God, help me do my best, help me be myself, and help me lead with my heart.”
Isaac Castilla
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the best! Everything in this book is acceptable and accurate. I wanted to get better at basketball and just found this book, so I thought I could just skim through, but boy was I wrong, the book was page turning. I recommend this book for any basketball player.
Dan Keefe
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing life lessons!
William "Spig"
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beat leadership book I've read in years. Totally applicable to military leadership and my style. Highly recommend
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
College Assignment. While it had a handful of positive advice for leadership, it had some harmful advice also. Read Harriet Lerner and Brené Brown’s work and then we’ll talk about Coach K.
Lauren Head
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to my participation in my way of looking at leadership has changed because of this book. Instead thinking that leadership just comes from someone with the word "manager" in their title I will look at others around me who are positive and show a good work ethic more. Coach K said, "Leadership on any team should be plural and not singular." This makes you stop and think...businesses have a leadership team instead of one person for a reason. Having a collective group of pe ...more
Kaylin R
In the book, "Leading with the Heart", by Grant Hill, he brings the reader on a variety of adventures throughout the book. This book is based off of a man named Mike Krzyzewski, the current coach of the men's basketball team of Duke University. Hill brings you through situations that Mike has been through, and how he conquered them; Hill explains how Mike Krzyzewski has become one of greatest coaches of basketball. Hill first gives the reader background information on Mike Krzyzewski. Throughou ...more
Kevin Slisz
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leading with The Heart was an amazing book for basketball fans, players and any sport coach around the world. This book focused on developing leadership and trust within a team. Coach K explains throughout the book to be a successful team everyone needs to feel connected and as if everyone is equal. Having everyone on the same level of importance leads to motivating everyone to give their 100% effort for their basketball family. In this story there is not much character development because this ...more
Lj McNeill
I haven't received my book it has been several weeks since my date of purchase.
Tie Kim
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
Outstanding. My lone regret is that I wish I had read this book many years earlier when it was first published in 2000. Coach Kryzyewski opens his vault of coaching and leadership knowledge. I’m looking forward to applying Coach K’s principles of leading from both a managerial perspective as well in my volunteer youth coaching endeavors. This book complements the teachings of John Wooden in Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organizaion.

There are numerous foundational tenets and menta
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Each time I read I gained something from it. Whether it was about a life lesson, the game itself, or I even learned more about myself and the type of person that I am. I really enjoyed the way that this book was written. Each chapter had a main topic and then within the chapter different sections were written. Coach K did a phenomenal job explaining why he did the things the way that he did and how each step was so important. My favorite part of the book was when he ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
you know, it wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. a coworker gave it to me, so i felt obligated to read it. i was finishing it while my parents were here this past weekend, and my dad aptly called it my 'homework.'

in any case, the most laughable part of it is that it's truly a book about Coach K and about Duke basketball and about coaching. And if it strictly purported to be just that, it would be fine. I even have more respect for Coach K now and his little devils (though I still won't root
Darek Khabani
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about leadership. It shows some of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s development as a leader, from the organizer of high school pick-up games, through his coaching contract at West Point, his experiences of assistant coaching, and his time at Duke. He tells lessons from his experiences, and also the important people in his life overall, and returns to the same lessons time and time again throughout the book. It shows discipline, persistence, trust, leadership, honesty, and of course, how to w ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Coach K tells some very touching stories about his parents, his family, Coach Jim Valvano, and his players. Some practical advice is given on how to build a strong team, which the book summarizes at the end of every chapter as "Coach K's Tips." The book seems to fall a bit short in making a strong connection to strong business leadership strategies. You the reader needs to make all the inferences regarding the business practicality. Coach K's philosophy is easy to take and the reading is light. ...more
Dawson Reading
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coach K has gone through many parts of life and literally everything he has done, he applies to basketball, which also finds a way to other parts of life like business. He develops a very easy to attain sense of life perspective that many may not see. He attended West Point Academy and learned so much there that he was able to apply later in coaching. Everywhere he has been or done he has found a way to apply it for the better. A brilliant man writing a brilliant book.

One thing that really stick
Apr 23, 2008 added it
THE worst book I have read by any coach: I am a professional College Coach. I have read Coach K's book and I found it to be the worst book I have ever read. The book repeats itself over and over again. Almost like he doesn't have anything really to say so he filled the book with filler. Nothing in the book made me go wow. Nothing was new to the coaching or leading world. Save your money and get a real book on Leadership.

I do not know one Coach in the NCAA world that has not read this book. And
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book by Coach K and I definitely feel like a better person after reading this book. Of course, he gives a lot of the same advice as many of the business tycoons, like always tell the truth, look into people's eyes when you speak, remember your families and friends, don't be afraid to ask, etc., but it's coming from a different perspective. He's a coach, and an amazing one at that.

As an athlete and basketball fan, I was able to connect with the team and family. And the refer
Peter N.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Picked this up from the free bin at the local library. It was a fun read. Coach K gives some pretty common sense insight into leadership. And there are a lot of fun stories throughout the book. For example, he said that if a recruit rolled his eyes at his mother he would not offer him a scholarship. One unique aspect of this book compared to others is how the team and even the coaches change year to year. In most organizations there are some personnel that remain constant. At Duke there is a lot ...more
Ben  Campopiano
Jan 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Many people set rules to keep from making decisions. I don’t want to be a manager or dictator. I want to be a leader – and leadership is ongoing, adjustable, flexible, and dynamic. As such, leaders have to have and maintain a certain amount of discretion. Too many rules get in the way of leadership.

I really believe that if a leader is a stickler on high performance, on excellence, then winning games will be a natural by-product.

In building any winning team, it’s important to remember that the me
Willie Green
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Coach K does a good job of highlighting his background and the tools he uses to implement a competitive yet family atmosphere within the Duke Basketball Program. He shapes the book in a way that allows you to see how to implement these things within your organization if you are the leader. I can see how some of these tools are hard to implement if you're not in charge but the discussion of honesty, integrity, and excellence are definitely things that can be implemented by anyone at whatever leve ...more
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