John F. Kennedy on Leadership


jfkYesterday was the 5oth Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I remember sitting on my dad’s lap in our small living room, hearing the news and watching the funeral. It was a sad moment in our history.

Here are some quotes from JFK on leadership.

Live Well: Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

Love Deeply: We can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.(Commencement Address at American University, June 1963)

Learn Continuously: Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Lead Courageously: For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men…have lived… A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. (Profiles in Courage 1955)

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

Leave a Legacy: My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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One Response to John F. Kennedy on Leadership

  1. daylerogers says:

    I was in sixth grade when JFK was killed. He was a complicated, broken man who had a grand vision of what could be possible. Thanks for these insights, Steve. Really amazing.

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