- Hardcover: 290 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (August 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313378053
- ISBN-13: 978-0313378058
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jay, an executive leadership coach, outlines 10 essential components of personal leadership, with examples from company leaders she has interviewed, worked with, or coached. Arguing that effective leadership skills connect to living well, she describes how leadership must start with oneself and involve understanding the personal role in the process. She explains how readers can apply the principles of leadership in their personal lives, subsequently producing better results in business." - Reference & Research Book News
"Serious business collections must have this." - Midwest Book Review
"This book can help you achieve what really matters – as a professional and a person! A great roadmap on your journey through life! Wonderful coaching for a great life!' " (Marshall Goldsmith
executive coach and author of the New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There and Succession: Are You Ready?)
"The Inner Edge is a valuable resource for anyone who aspires to lead in a home, workplace, or community. It is filled with practical strategies for being a more effective leader.' " (Tom Rath
Bestselling author of How Full Is Your Bucket?, StrengthsFinder 2.0, and Strengths Based Leadership)
"In The Inner Edge, Joelle Jay walks her talk. At a time when the world clamors for genuine, trusted leadership, she has delivered an invaluable guidebook for managing from the inside out. Citing behaviors of high trust, high performance leaders, Joelle shows how to take the lead in your own life and sharpen that inner edge for true balance between a life of work and the work of life.' " (Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The New York Times bestseller The Speed of Trust)
"The instrument of leadership is the self, and the mastery of the art of leadership comes from mastery of the self. That means that the quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are. That is the premise of Joelle Jay's exciting new book, The Inner Edge, and in it she guides us on a path to discovering the self who leads. It's an engaging, respectful, and encouraging book that presents real stories about real leaders who struggle with the answers to important leadership questions. She offers highly relevant and realistic examples of how we can all become the best we can be. With ten practices that are intuitively sound and grounded firmly in the lives of leaders, Joelle offers useful advice and applied exercises on what we can each do develop our capacity to be successful in leadership and life.' " (Jim Kouzes, award-winning coauthor of the bestselling, The Leadership Challenge, and Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership
Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University)
"Get past thought and word on pages. Lift your nose from the grindstone. Join Joelle at the kitchen table over a cup of coffee where the conversation is all about you – as a person, as a leader. Discover and get back whatever pleasures you inadvertently left behind while becoming accomplished.' " (Ron Campbell, President, Center for Leadership Studies)
"Really great leaders need to work on themselves. To be effective in this environment, we need to take care of who we are as leaders to sustain our well-being and effectiveness. In The Inner Edge, Joelle Jay helps define the leaders of the future, and this book will show them how to define themselves.' " (Cece Sutton, President, Retail Banking Group, Morgan Stanley)
"The Inner Edge is a good compendium of prescriptions for personal leadership. It is intelligently organized and has a workbook style that makes it a good self-study reference. The topic of personal leadership is significant and gets even more important with the generational challenges we will be facing in our workforce, as it provides a good way to combine our way of life with the demands we experience in the workplace.' " (Randy MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, IBM)
"The Inner Edge reveals a powerful but simple truth. No matter what our role in life, we are all leaders. Joelle Jay's book provides us with a step-by-step plan to maximize our effectiveness as 'personal leaders' so we can learn to meet the demands of our hectic lives in a way that is productive, effective, and harmonious.' " (Paula Kruger, former EVP, Mass Markets, Qwest)
"As a leader, you have to stay curious. You have to develop human capital. It's one of the great investments. When leaders read The Inner Edge, they will be investing in themselves, and their companies will reap the rewards.' " (Patrick Byrne, Chairman and CEO, Overstock.com)
"I'm a firm believer that even if you master all the leadership competencies and attributes that comprise every leadership model there is, you still can't lead others until you lead yourself. We are all amazingly transparent and until people see who we are . . . and until we look inward ourselves, it's all for naught if The Leader Within isn't home. Joelle gives you the tools to find yourself and not let go.' " (Steve Bailey President, National Management Association)
"Where leaders get sideways is when they separate their personal values from their behavior in their business life. We just have to look around and we see countless examples of the carnage that leaders have allowed when they get out of alignment with their core values. Sometimes, we have so much noise and outside things coming at us that we don't take the time to listen to our inner voice. In The Inner Edge, leaders get though provoking advice to help them stay in alignment.' " (Ted Dysart Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles)
"The Inner Edge is a valuable resource for leaders. Emerging leaders will find it a good instrument to use and read as they begin their leadership journey, and seasoned leaders will find it reaffirms what they need to be doing (and may have forgotten!) to be effective as leaders.' " (Janine Pecsi Director of Talent Development, Gensler)
"As soon as I read The Inner Edge, I could see its value for our organization. I put it to work right away – doing the exercises and using it with my team to develop our vision and strategy. A couple of weeks later I went back to look at it from a personal angle and was able to see the ideas in a whole new way. The Inner Edge does what many books on leadership neglect to do. It takes the whole leader into account.' " (Janet Heppner Jones, Managing Director, HYH Group)
"When I was growing up in the television news business I often told stories of being the ‘only red dress in a room full of gray suits.' There was both a literal and a symbolic reality to that. Not only was the path one of doing exactly what the boss and the company wanted, including the adherence to rules, the long hours, and the 24/7 commitment to breaking news - but there was little help in learning how to walk even that path, let alone think that I was more than my job description, and could help create the path that was best for me. The Inner Edge will be invaluable to this generation of leaders.' " (Nancy Bostdorff, former TV News Director for The New York Times Company and CBS affiliate KTVN)
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If you are a high level executive who feels like you have to choose between success and happiness; this book is for you!
The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership is different. Since I purchased the book well over a year ago, I have continued working through it, returning to it and investing time not in just the author's take on improving my leadership (even though Dr. Jay has included some great insights and real-world examples), but MY own brand of leadership. The reflections, visualizations and exercises in this book make this an experience tailored to my life -- right as I am reading it, and so will never grow out of date. There is a welcome emphasis on community and mentorship, and probably most valuable are the tools that help me integrate self-reflection and personal leadership into a regular discipline.
I should disclose that in the time since I first read the book, I have had the pleasure of meeting, and even working with Dr. Joelle K. Jay. Having done so has not changed my recommendation in the slightest, only reinforced my original opinion. If you are a professional that successfully leads any sort of team, and you are hoping to turn some of that skill toward working on your own life, you will not be disappointed. This book was just what I needed -- and still need, I re-read chapters, passages and occasionally the whole thing from time to time!
I believe I've purchased at least 20 so far through Amazon to give to friends, associates, and even a family member!