John F. Kennedy: Servant Leadership

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts to his father Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., and mother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named after his maternal grandfather John Francis Fitzgerald who was a Boston Mayor. John F. Kennedy was nicknamed Jack and he was an Irish Roman Catholic. His parents were part of the two of Boston’s top political families. His family moved from Brookline to Boston when he was three. John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States between 1961 and 1963. He was the youngest man to ever be elected president. Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, 2013, p. 5). John F. Kennedy started…show more content…
Kennedy gave a speech at is Inaugural ceremony to the American people and stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”, people seen the personal spark in his eyes and realized that he was sincere about wanting to help this country. He said it with such power and integrity. John F. Kennedy at the moment made people think about what can we do to help our country thrive. In servant leadership he showed the characteristic of building a community. Our community is our beautiful country, he wanted our country to be a place of peace, culture and wanted everyone to feel welcomed and protected. Kennedy showed servant leadership with the civil rights movement and took action with the cause of equal rights. He made a televised speech about how racial discrimination and how it was wrong. He even took the initiative to let the civil rights leaders and the people march on Washington. This march was huge in our history and Kennedy as a leader seen what positive affect that this could have on the nation. As a leader he gained the African American followers by doing what he felt was right and going above and beyond. John F. Kennedy showed empathy, which is being able to see things through the other person’s perspective, for the African American community. He also showed awareness, which is being able to put how you feel aside for the greater good of the situation. For example, Kennedy was opposed at first of the march on Washington

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