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Monday, January 11, 2010

Leadership Lessons from President Kennedy! Researched By Andres Agostini

On January 9, 1961, eleven days before his inauguration as thirty-fifth president of the United States, John F. Kennedy addressed the Massachusetts Legislature for the last time as a senator. In the course of that landmark speech, Kennedy observed:

When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of one of us ... our success or failure in whatever office we hold will be measured by the answers to four questions:

Were we truly men of courage.....?

Were we truly men of integrity....?

Were we truly men of judgment....?

Were we truly men of dedication...?

Thirty-eight years later, during a conference titled "Presidential Decision Making" at Harvard's Kennedy School¿, Ted Sorenson, one of JFK's closet advisers and speech writers, was asked to reflect on his former boss decision-making (leadership) style. Sorenson answered: "I cannot emphasize enough how important the elusive quality is; far more important than organization, structure, procedures, and machinery. These are are all important, yes, but nothing compared to judgment ... Judgment is more important even than the political sense that he brought to these decisions; and I am referring to political in the broad sense of the term: an understanding of Congress, an understanding of the country, and understanding of what will be acceptable and what can be explained and defended."

Andres Agostini At www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com, www.Andy-plus.blogspot.com, www.CyberCV.blogspot.com, www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=408933, www.linkedin.com/in/AndresAgostini, www.twitter.com/SciCar, www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=%22andres+agostini%22&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

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