John F. Kennedy on Leadership: The Lessons and Legacy of a President

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2007 - Business & Economics - 228 pages
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Perhaps no figure in recent memory more fully personifies leadership than President John F. Kennedy. Leading the United States in a time of unprecedented turbulence, challenge and opportunity, Kennedy led his administration (and the country) with a courage and determination that even his harshest critics respected.John F. Kennedy on Leadership identifies eleven core principles that made Kennedy, both before and during his presidency, a unique and dominant force who would serve as the standard by which future leaders would measure themselves--and by which they would be judged. Current and aspiring leaders would do well to adopt these principles, which include questioning the status quo, turning liabilities into pluses, making decisions, presenting an idealized view of what the future can be, finding your own "Bobby" and being the coolest person in the room.John F. Kennedy on Leadership doesn't shy away from the well-documented darker side of Kennedy's life: the seemingly nonstop parade of lovers and the chronic and multiple illnesses. Every leader faces personal challenges that affect the ability to lead. This book shows how legendary leadership can exist even in the face of substantial limitations.
  

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Following up on Ulysses Grant on Leadership, journalist Barnes offers 12 concept-based chapters that draw on the life and presidency of JFK. "Vision" centers on the "Ask Not..." inaugural address ... Read full review

Contents

June 11 1963
1
Vision Let the Word Go Forth
9
Breaking the Rules Question the Status Quo
22
Resilience Turn Liabilities Into Pluses
39
Charisma Set a Style
49
Communication Present Your Ideas Effectively
62
Speechwriting Master the Art of Delivering Your Message
81
Commitment to Learning Challenge Your Assumptions
99
Team Building Find Your Bobby
115
Decision Making The Buck Stops with You
141
Miscalculations and Misjudgments Make the Best of Them
161
Crisis Management Be the Coolest Man in the Room
187
Faults and Failings How JFK Nearly Destroyed Himself
208
Bibliography
221
Index
223
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John A. Barnes (New York, NY) is the author of Ulysses S. Grant on Leadership, and has been a journalist, writer, and television commentator for more than 18 years. His columns have appeared in The Boston Herald, The Detroit News, and The New York Post.

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