The Best Business Strategy Books

hg.Advisers Director Jonathan Herps has compiled a list of the best business strategy books that will help you grow your business. If you are a growth-focused business owner, manager or leader then this reading list is for you.

Jonathan is a Gazelles Scaling Up Coach and avid reader. He brings with him over 30 years’ business experience and the internationally proven Scaling Up framework to help companies with their business growth strategy. Scaling Up is recognised as a global leader in executive education. As part of the rigorous certification process, Jonathan is expected to have read and understood the business growth theory of the best thought leaders in the world. That means he has read, understood and has access to the IP of globally recognised experts such as Brad Smart, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni and Verne Harnish.

From his extensive reading and knowledge, Jonathan has compiled a list of the best business strategy books you should read if you are wanting to scale your business with success.

The Number One Business Book You Should Read To Grow

The book that you should read before all others is Vern Harnish’s Scaling Up 2.0: Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. This business strategy book is recognised for its world-leading business framework and is used by over 40,000 businesses globally to scale their businesses – many to $1 billion and beyond.  If you are finding that you are stuck in a growth trap and you are frustrated by your growth rate, then Jonathan recommends picking up a copy of this book today. The scaling up framework and tools in this book have been developed over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives to scale up globally. If you are serious about growth then this is a must-read business book. Jonathan has reviewed Scaling Up and his other top business strategy books below. Take a look and choose one or two to add to your business library.

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 2.0: Scaling Up

Author: Verne Harnish

How a few companies make it…and why the rest don’t

Who: The A Method For Hiring

Author: Geoff Smart and Randy Street

Knowing what to do is not the major challenge faced by executives – finding who to do it is!

The Five Temptations of a CEO

Author: Patrick Lencioni

A primer for leaders at all levels—not just CEOs.


Author: Liz Wiseman

Why some leaders drain capability and intelligence while others amplify it to produce better results.

Good to Great

Author: Jim Collins

Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.

The Inside Advantage

Author: Robert H. Bloom

The strategy that unlocks the hidden growth in your business.