Interview with Author Kevin Wayne Johnson – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Kevin Wayne Johnson

As Founder and Chief Executive of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC, Author Kevin Wayne Johnson provides organizations, and the people who work within them, with the tools to forge effective personnel and interpersonal communication. He delivers training on the elements of dynamic relationships, to equip teams with the attitudes and attributes needed to develop individuals into leaders. He does so through motivating workshops, seminars, insightful keynote speeches and compassionate coaching – all to encourage personal and professional growth.

He is a John Maxwell Team certified trainer, coach, mentor and speaker, and an active member of the International Coach Federation. Kevin enjoyed a 34-year career (retired) in government and private industry as a middle-to-senior level leader. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management / Economics / Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kevin is an ordained minister by the Church of God Ministries, Incorporated, Anderson, IN, and has held multiple leadership positions at the local, regional, national and international levels, including Senior Pastor. His best-selling book series – Give God the Glory! – earned 19 literary awards from 2001 to 2013. He authors a weekly blog ( and is the co-host of the monthly radio show ( He currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife Gail and three sons. 

Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book

Kevin Wayne Johnson: Employees at all levels in the workplace feel undervalued, marginalized and underappreciated in more ways than one.U.S. companies spent $160 billion on employee training and education, yet:

58% of managers said they did not receive any management training.

79% of people quit their job due to lack of appreciation.

77% of organizations report they are currently experiencing a leadership gap.

Only 10% of CEOs believe their company’s leadership development initiatives have a clear business impact.

63% of Millennials said their leadership skills were not being fully developed.

To reverse this disturbing trend, LeadershipWitha Servant’s Heart is a new series of books with you in mind. They will equip the front-line, mid-level and senior-level leaders of small, medium and large organizations, and churches, with practical and proven leadership principles, strategies, facts and real-time examples with the sole purpose of creating a new and dynamic cadre of leaders. Through the subtitle for book #1 – Leading through Personal Relationships – the principle goal is to teach, coach, mentor and share the concepts of leading others by valuing and caring for them. While it is true that “Many will not remember what you say, but most will remember how you make them feel,” the readers of this book will learn the truth of this emotion and how to effect change in their respective leadership styles. When leaders value and care for those that they are entrusted to lead, their influence increases exponentially.

Leadership With a Servant’s Heart” is systematically divided into three parts, three chapters each, to emphasize the core characteristics of a servant leaderserving, inspiring and leading:

Part I – The Key to Servant Leadership: Serving Others

Part II – The Goal of Servant Leadership: Inspiring Others

Part III – The Result of Servant Leadership: Leading Others

Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

Kevin Wayne Johnson: Time!

Ramona: Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason/s for writing a book?

Kevin Wayne Johnson: Yes, I had been writing articles that were getting published in national magazines, so it was an easy transition to writing books.

Ramona: What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

Kevin Wayne Johnson: I write, then hire a graphic artist (for my bookcover – front and back), editor (and proof reader), and printer to complete the job. I partner with the Ingram Book Company to ensure very wide distribution across the globe.

Ramona: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotion strongly?

Kevin Wayne Johnson: No, writers need to be laser focused and emotionally tied to their works to be successful.

Ramona: How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

Kevin Wayne Johnson: It requires dedication and pursuit for excellence, otherwise it will be hard.

Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Kevin Wayne Johnson: Get started and stick with it!

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