7 Questions with Kevin Wayne Johnson
Name: Kevin Wayne Johnson
Current title: Founder and CEO
Current organisation: The Johnson Leadership Group
Kevin is the Founder and CEO of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC where he leads a team of 7 to facilitate leadership development training and executive coaching for the frontline, mid-level and senior-level workforce with government agencies, corporations, academia and churches. A retired federal government employee after 34 years as a mid-level and senior-level leader, Johnson is a native of Richmond, VA and now resides in Clarksville, MD with his wife and 3 sons. As an ordained minister, he has served in multiple leadership positions at the local, regional, national and international levels, including Senior Pastor.
1. What have you found most challenging as a church leader?
Getting people to keep their word. During my tenure as a Senior Pastor, I was very surprised and disappointed in the number of men and women that do not follow through on promises. This includes both church leaders across the board as well as members.
2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I saw a need and made myself available to serve. It's that simple. One example in particular is my ongoing trips to Kenya Africa to represent the USA at their annual national men's conference. There was a need and agreed to be available and have since gained hundreds of new brothers in that nation.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
A daily calendar works well for me and I check off all completed actions.
4. What's one book apart from the Bible that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The late Dr. Myles Munroe - "Understanding Your Potential (1993)." A game changer for me. I still periodically listen to his sermons and/or presentations at business conferences.
5. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Listening and conflict management. We live in a time where many people are on edge and very anxious. I take the time to listen (it makes them feel valued) and work on dealing with conflict when it disagrees with me. I try hard to get them to see the importance of maintaining the relationship and it's okay to disagree on a particular issue.
6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?
Identifying people who have a heart for God. You can see it through their participation, mannerism, behavior and general disposition (how they carry themselves).
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a church leader so far?
Praying with the children and establishing a Bible and Leadership Institute. I watched selected people grow and develop through these 2 initiatives.