15 Best Business Development Books


Business Development has become exceedingly complex with the dawn of the digital era. There are countless books out there in the genre of business development and it might get tricky choosing the best set out of them so that one could avoid repetitive concepts. This article consists of the best business development books featuring diverse perspectives of renowned authors and successful leaders.

The Art of War

Written in 3rd Century (Before Common Era) by Sun Tzu, this book is a collection of classic strategies which come handy in developing one's business. Treating one's business competitor as an enemy instead of a potential partner can be noxious. Has the previous assertion been contradicted in the book? NO! The Art of War is not an analogy between war and business, it is simply a great concoction of strategies.


Dave Ramsey, a renowned writer and a radio talk show host  is the writer of this book and he discusses about leadership being the spearhead of any business organization. This book guides the writer step-by-step to build a business you always wanted to. The author has put forth his '20 years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches!' in the book, and thus it is a justified tagline.

The Accidental Startup

This book presents the tools which are needed for a small business to grow into a great one. It has proved to be very useful for a lot of entrepreneurs and the writer is a management expert. It also teaches how to configure your business to cope with the digital consumer shift.

Words That Sell

This is a great book to learn how to promote one's idea which is a very crucial skill which leaders must have to take their business to another level. It consists of several entries that can help promote and sell products and services and also persuade people to buy our ideas.

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The $100 Startup

The preparation for this book includes research on 1500 individuals who built successful businesses with very modest investment. Chris Guillebeau, the writer has himself spent his entire life travelling and abolishing the conventional employment mindset. It can be a great start to start!

There are a lot of good companies which fail the test of time and there are some mediocre companies which bloom to a great one in the course of time. This book analyzes this phenomenon and concludes some points about the later genre of the companies. Jim Collins, the writer of the book has said that some of the key concepts might upset a few people as they are the unconventional findings in his analysis.

Influencer-The Power to Change Anything

“An influencer motivates others to change. An influencer replaces bad behaviors with powerful new skills. An influencer makes things happen.” 'Influence' is a must read for people who feel that even though they have all the required skills, fail to make an impact on people, and also for those who want to magnify their influencing potential. All the assertions are made scientifically and this makes it a very classy work.

Delivering Happiness

This book, written by Tony Hsieh is a work based on the various experiences he has had as a successful business developer. It explains that focus should be our happiness and our peers' happiness, rest all fall in place! This is certainly a work of different flavour.

The Art of Asking

The power of questions is underestimated by most. It opens up new possibilities and can give us completely new paths to pursue. This book successfully explains the need of having a good questioning ability for success. A lot of leaders have taken their businesses to great heights by drawing wisdom from this amazing piece of work.

Sustainability Principles and Practice

In this new age, people have focussed towards rapid development but have started to ignore the adverse consequences of the same. This book comprehensively covers the know-how of sustainability and can be regarded as not only a recommended book but a sort of need for the present corporate world.

The One Minute Manager

This book can justly be regarded as the most popular business development book. Managers across countries and time have adhered to its concepts and have seen the results themselves. Its results are backed by scientific facts as well which makes it very professional.


This work is rebellious. It challenges the concept of plan, office and some of the most basic things. The message of the book is to stop talking and start working which really makes sense. Bored of reading the same-old plan,schedule etc. books, its time for 'Rework'!

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Are the business decisions taken in your company in accordance with the technological advancements taking place in the market and in your own company? If Yes, do such decisions  consider sustainability? This book systematically teaches the art of a balance between technology, ethics and management.


It is undoubtedly true that the most important factor for developing a business is nurturing your network. The more you know and the better you know will decide the fate of your business. This book by Nicolas King will arm you with amazing ideas to better networking!

Leadership and Self-Deception

Wannabe 'Out of the box' person in your business organisation? This might just be the best book for you. Leadership and Self-Deception teaches not to make personal judgements which is the chief cause of a perfect workforce not being able to be productive for the business.

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