About My New Book

On August 15, I released my new book, Leading Well: A Black Woman’s Guide to Wholistic, Barrier-Breaking Leadership.

I lead in ministry, in the marketplace, in the halls of academia, and I coach women from a variety of backgrounds. Here’s what I know, as Black women, we are affirmed by God to lead and are prepared and poised to lead.  Yet we often face barriers that affect our well-being.

If you’ve ever been made to feel like an outsider within your company or church or even struggled with the burden of being everything to everybody, then you know well the unique opportunities and challenges of leading while Black and woman.

In this book, I draw from the biblical account of the Samaritan woman to show how this outsider has been reduced to a stereotype by the same racist and sexist forces that attempt to reduce us to stereotypes. Those forces attempt to hinder our God-given calls to leadership.

In Leading Well, I share my leadership journey and the stories of other Black women leaders to provide you with insight in leading from the well of the Spirit.

If you long to lead from a strong spiritual place of wholeness rather than a set of expectations you had no part in setting, this book offers you the inspiration, encouragement, and practical tools to make leading well a reality in your life.

Leading Well empowers Black women leaders to live into their authentic identity and reach their full, God-given potential.

— Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, author of Becoming Brave and Roadmap to Reconciliation


For a limited time, get your Leading Well e-Journal to accompany my book: Leading Well: A Black Woman's Guide to Wholistic, Barrier-Breaking Leadership. Keep your reflections, leading well practices and leading well plan in one place as you read and re-read the book.

Praise for Leading Well

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, author of Becoming Brave and Roadmap to Reconciliation

“We are living in a time that desperately needs insightful, spiritual, and truthful leadership! In Leading Well, Jeanne shares her decades of professional experience, wealth of knowledge, and biblical insight to empower Black women leaders to live into their authentic identity and reach their full, God-given potential. If you’re a leader who is ready to reimagine leadership with principles and practices that will bring new life and longevity to your work and ministry, this book is for you!”

Christina H. Edmondson, PhD, Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, public speaker, and mental health therapist, co-author of Faithful Anti-Racism

“Jeanne offers us a long-awaited and desperately needed spiritual road map for Black women’s leadership. Attentive to the unique challenges and cultivated strengths of such leaders, Jeanne provides an insightful narrative, rich biblical exposition and application, and practical steps. In this book, we are seen, valued, equipped, and exhorted to faithful leadership.”

Dr. Carolyn D. Showell, author of Discovering Wisdom in Chaos, president and founder of the Women’s Institute of Learning and Leadership

“This book is an inspirited model written for our healing, health, and well-being. I highly recommend this book to everyone whose assignment is to heal the world and establish the kingdom counterculture in the earth. A culture in which Black Christian women have a predestined place and purpose. This book summons us to class at the well.”

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, CEO/founder of Debbye Turner Bell Consulting, author of Courageous Faith, pastor, veterinarian, Miss America 1990

“As an African American, Christian, woman entrepreneur, Leading Well is the book that I needed when my career and life journey began decades ago. It points with precision to the issues, difficulties, challenges, joys, privileges, and realities of being a Black woman in America.  Leading Well is a must-read for Black women and our allies. Leading Well will move readers to a place of greater fulfillment and effectiveness.”

Mimi Haddad, PhD, president of CBEInternational.org

“If you’re leading at a feverish pitch, exhausted, short on patience and peace, and thin on time with Jesus, this is YOUR book. Practical, wise, and spiritually vibrant, Leading Well opens barrier-breaking, soul-centered strategies for women in racist, sexist cultures.”