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7 Questions on Leadership with Kevin Wayne Johnson

Name: Kevin Wayne Johnson

Title: CEO

Organisation: The Johnson Leadership Group LLC

Founder and CEO of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC and a native of Richmond, Virginia. I retired leader from the federal government following a 34 year career, Johnson now spends his time pouring into the lives of the next generation of leaders through training, coaching, mentoring, and his best selling book series - Leadership with a Servant's Heart. Johnson has been married for 30 years to Gail and they raised three sons. He lives in Clarksville, Maryland

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I hope Kevin's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

People. They have multiple personalities, perspectives, and opinions on everything!

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I was hired into an intern program directly out of college after I graduated and was thrust into a leadership role at the age of 25. I adjusted and embraced the challenge.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Narrow down that day's activities to no more than 5 priorities. If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Be a better listener. What we "think" we heard may not actually be what the other person said.

5. What's one book 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?

Understanding Your Potential, by Dr. Myles Munroe. It was written in 1993 and still has a profound impact on my life.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Leaders are learners. Never allow your thirst to be quenched or your hunger satisfied when it comes to learning something new.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

Those who poured into me as a young man who was just getting started in my career. A caring group of leaders invested in me by approving my request to participate in the Executive Potential Program when I was a mid-level leader. I am very appreciative.

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