What is the example you are seeking to set for your children?
I seek to be a spiritual leader and positive male example to my children. I want them to know that there is a positive male figure -in their household and society- who they can learn from, seek guidance, and admire. I would like for my children to know that they can do and become anything they want to be and I will support and help them along the way.
What contributions are you making to your city or community?
I am an Arkansas native who serves our country as a Warrant Officer in the United States Army National Guard but my greatest contribution is being a Christ follower. In addition, I enjoy assisting in furthering the health of our city as a CrossFit level 1 trainer.
What do you desire as a legacy?
The legacy I would like to leave would be more of an idea of what I valued, the way I treated people, and how I served others. I want others to think of my legacy as one of a peacemaker, who served his family, community, and others around him for the greater good. A legacy of a person of action.
If you want to know a man who has a big heart for the future of African American men then you should get to know Dr. John Miller. I met this South Carolina Gamecock last year and I have been personally moved by his passion for learning, mentorship, and skill on the grill. John loves his wife Monica and his beautiful sons; Alex and Aaron.
What does it mean to be a husband?
Being a husband means committing your life to "oneness." I know that seems like over simplifying things just a bit, but honestly, that’s the most important role a husband can play. Loving my wife as I (ought to) love myself can be challenging at times because as a human, I am innately selfish and naturally want to place my wants, needs, and desires above of anyone else's. If we take our role sincerely as men of God who have been blessed to be husbands to our wives then we should strive daily for oneness in our union.
What does it mean to be a father?
Being a father is a dream come true for me. Unfortunately, much like many young men, I do not know or have any relationship with my father. From the time I was old enough to realize the negative impact that not having my father around would have on my life (it really sunk in during my teenage years) I always yearned to be a father and vowed that I would "be a father and husband one day and not a baby daddy." Now that I've been blessed to be a father of two sons (Alex, age 3, and Aaron Jonathan "AJ", deceased), I realize that the experience is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Every day I wake up knowing that being my sons' father is the most important job that I'll ever be given. It's awesome! What's even more awesome is that the experience is a gift. One that I did nothing to earn. Just a tremendous blessing and reflection of God's love for me and my wife.
What is the example you are seeking to set for your children?
To be just that, an example. Far too often are children don't see positive examples of parents who are married to and love each other? Between both sides of our families there isn't one intact marriage union belonging to any of our parents, aunts, and uncles. I want my son to know that with God, all things are possible, and that includes a healthy marriage.
What contributions are you making to your city?
I currently serve as an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In my role as professor, I have the privilege of educating future social work professionals on the values of ethics and service. I also do a lot of service work throughout the State. I have been the President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock since 2011. We've led several community service initiatives during that time, but what I'm most proud of is our commitment to mentoring and the development of our 100 Academy mentoring program. I've also served the city of Camden, AR for the past 3 years as a consultant for a local community-based group known as the "Unity in the Community" committee. The focus of that group is to lead initiatives in Camden that help bring together people from diverse backgrounds in their city. The community organizing work in Camden that I've had the opportunity to participate in has truly been a blessing to me.
What do you desire as a legacy?
For my legacy I want the world to remember that I was a child of God who helped lead people to Christ. I also desire to be a man of influence who has positively helped alter the trajectory of my family and community. When it's all said and done, I’d like to be remembered for being someone who "made a difference."
What is your hope for African American Men?
My hope for my brothers is that we one day achieve our full potential as a people. We've been made strong by the many challenges that we've had to overcome. If the day ever comes when as a people we galvanize ourselves and use the strength and ingenuity we've gained and use it to get on and stay on one accord, we will reach heights as a people that we haven't even imagined. I truly do believe that our best days are yet to come.
The Christian tradition offers significant influence on ethical leadership and the development of organizational members. Christian ethical leadership originates in the existence and activity of God who empowers men and women through the communication of his Word and his Spirit. A uniquely Christian ethical leadership implies a specific religious tradition which affirms the existence and activity of the Trinitarian God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14, English Standard Version). The Genesis record provides the first evidence in Holy Scripture concerning the existence of God who creates and delegates to man leadership within creation (Genesis 1:1, 27-28). The Holy Scriptures provide sufficient evidence concerning the activity of God in terms of ethical leadership which is consistent with the nature and holiness of God. The Christian designation of ethical leadership originates from the existence and activity of God and culminates in the revelation of God in Christ as the superior ethical human. The Gospel of John reports Jesus Christ as the word and God who becomes flesh (John 1:14). Paul writes to the Colossian congregants Jesus Christ is the "image of the invisible God" and according to the Hebrew writer, Jesus stands as the brightness of God (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3). Therefore, the Holy Scriptures affirm Jesus as the fullness, brightness, and fully embodiment of God's nature and holiness on earth as the superior ethical human.
Yukl (2013) states ethical leadership involves the values and behaviors of an individual which contributes to his or her leadership effectiveness. Yukl (2013) states the critical characteristic within ethics is integrity which "emphasizes honesty and consistency between a person's espoused values and behaviors" (p.342). The man or woman who possesses a strong self-identity behaves in a manner that corresponds to his or her internal values and nature (Yukl, 2013). Jesus Christ offers the purest example of an individual with strong self-identity who speaks and behaves in a manner equivalent to his nature and beliefs (John 8:35; Hebrews 4:15). Ethical leadership provides four categories of leadership; servant, authentic, transformational, and spiritual leadership (Yukl, 2013). Yukl (2013) describes spiritual leadership in terms of a person who influences a person or group to infuse transcendence and meaning into his or her vocation. According to Yukl (2013) a follower’s vocation represents a specific ordination which exceeds the common notion of profit margins, outputs, or statistics. Second, through the influence of spiritual leadership, followers develop a communal aspect within his or her vocation that reinforces the desire to belong and experience a corporate activity and identity (Yukl, 2013). Therefore, spiritual leadership under the larger umbrella of ethical leadership supports what Miller (2002) observes as the need to integrate faith and vocation from a Christian perspective. Miller (2002) states such an activity, "may be one of the most powerful means to help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger" (p.153).
Christian ethical leadership possesses a foundation of holiness and the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Spiritual leadership influences organizational communication in the form of empowerment to stimulate the discernment of a higher calling in vocation and the development of community within an organization. Eisenberg, Goodall, and Trethewey (2009) state empowerment in the context of communication involves organizational leaders who create environments in which followers discern self-efficacy, understand the capability to execute his or her specific vocation, and the authority to execute his or her vocation because leaders remove limiting conditions. The New Testament record of Acts provides a case study on ethical leadership and empowerment between Jesus Christ and his followers. Jesus as the ethical leader demonstrates integrity in his speech and action concerning the arrival of the Holy Spirit who will empower the disciples in their witness vocation (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). The disciples demonstrate an understanding of their capability to execute their new vocation of witness in terms of preaching, miracles, and expansion of Gospel (Acts 3:12; 4:33; 6:4; 13:1-3). Finally, God removes the limiting conditions of ethnicity in order that the disciples would effectively execute their vocation (Acts 10).
What will this look like for members of your organization?
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Hackman, M. Z., & Johnson, C. E. (2013). Leadership: A communication perspective (6th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland.
Miller, D. W. (2006). God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement. Oxford: University Press.
Yukl, G. (2013). Leadership in Organizations (8th ed.) Boston: Pearson.
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