The Book

The Inner Edge:
The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership

Happy ethnic businesswoman stands confidently in front of her team

Leadership: it’s not just for corner offices anymore. 

In a time of choice and change, your success as a leader depends on your ability to lead yourself. In The Inner Edge, Jay coaches leaders in the strategies of personal leadership – what management expert Peter Drucker once called “the only leadership that’s going to matter in the 21st century.”

The Inner Edge offers 10 practices of personal leadership, showing leaders how the same skills they use to lead their companies are the ones they need to lead themselves. In this book, executive coach Dr. Joelle Jay, Ph.D. shows leaders how to improve their effectiveness while sustaining the sense of professional well-being needed to excel.

Drawing on her experience with top executives in some of America’s most respected companies, Jay presents a set of practices or strategies to inspire leaders who aspire to greatness. Through her vivid examples of real leaders, insightful perspectives on leadership and thought-provoking questions and exercises, Jay helps leaders achieve professional success while enhancing the quality of life that keeps them at their best.

The Inner Edge shows readers that leadership is not just a label. It is a way of life.


Group of business people talking in the officeAlthough books about leadership abound, The Inner Edge is one of the few that focuses squarely on the leaders themselves. This is surprising given that the results of a leader depend largely on that leader’s clarity, engagement and sustainability. Leaders must not only concern themselves with the vision and achievements of their organizations, they must prioritize their own needs to be able to make their most valuable contribution. With her insider’s knowledge of what leaders need to thrive, drawn from the experience with hundreds of leaders from America’s most successful, most admired companies, executive coach Dr. Joelle Jay, Ph.D. provides fresh insights into the experience of being a leader.

Dr. Jay poses thought-provoking questions that help leaders develop their effectiveness and sense of well-being. For example, she asks leaders: What do you want, and where do you need to focus your attention to get it? What actions will be the catalyst for change? What strengths do you need to draw on to be your best as a leader, and what contributions do you want to make? How can you maximize your time to do more with less? Who will support you? What do you most need to know? How can you stop chasing opportunity and instead invite opportunity to come to you? And finally, how do you move from excellent to extraordinary? The leaders who share their experiences in this book are some of the most celebrated and accomplished influentials in business today.

The Inner Edge will be an essential resource for leaders in understanding not just how to get results for their organizations, but how to do so in a way that capitalizes on their own unique identity as a manager. The book’s wealth of information will help business leaders, executive coaches and human resource executives understand what each needs to truly excel in leadership and life.

The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership

The Inner Edge gives Professionals The Competitive Edge for Success at Work and Beyond. According to renowned expert, Joelle K. Jay, Ph.D., leadership is no longer confined to corner offices. In her breakthrough book, Joelle shares proven principles and strategies, based on a decade of experience advising the nation’s top executives, on how to “live well and lead well.” She shows leaders how to improve their effectiveness while nurturing their sense of overall well-being, which is necessary to maintain and drive a lifetime of success.

Joelle’s philosophy of combining personal and professional leadership for sustainable success is concisely and vividly communicated in The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership. Topics such as gaining clarity of your goals and finding the focus to achieve them as well as leveraging your unique talents and maximizing your time for exceptional performance are explored in fresh and thought-provoking ways that engage and inspire the reader.

In each chapter, Joelle weaves in real-life examples of leadership transformations and the positive results they produce. She also provides exercises which allow the reader to adapt these principals to his or her own situation.

The Inner Edge is an essential resource that helps business leaders understand what they need to truly excel in leadership and life.