John F. Kennedy
Updated: 6/15/2020
John F. Kennedy
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Evaluating President John F. Kennedy

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  • Vision: JFK had strong visions and goals such as landing a man on the moon
  • “three factors - vision, decision-making style, and delegation - explain John F. Kennedy was an effective President. There are many other leadership factors such as integrity, political/legislative skills and communications skills.”
  • Administrative Skills 
  • Decisions: JFK's worst decision as president was engaging in the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Delegation: Kennedy was often pressured by his advisors in the beginning of his presidency
  • Score: 72
  • Score:77
  • Kennedy had a strong vision; “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth”. Unfortunately, Kennedy wasn't able to witness his agenda take place on July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong to become the first man on the moon.
  • Vision/Agenda
  • Score:90
  • Score:90
  • Although JFK essentially instigated the Cuban Missile Crisis, he “helped defuse tensions and negotiate a peaceful resolution to the crisis”. In the end he handled this crisis well with his strong leadership qualities.
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Score:85
  • On January 20, 1961, Kennedy delivered his legendary inaugural speech. His goal was to inspire all Americans to be more active citizens. Kennedy’s administration saw new hope for the beginning of both equal rights of Americans and the peace of the world. JFK supported African American civil rights and tried to implement policies but was assassinated shortly before he could (Lyndon B. Johnson signed them into law afterwards).
  • Pursuance of Equal Justice for all
  • "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"
  • President John F. Kennedy
  • Kennedy had a difficult relationship with congress. His “domestic agenda faced a difficult passage through Congress. The president was unable to call on the Democratic majority in Congress to support his most progressive legislative reforms”. However, during his presidency, Kennedy influenced congress to pass and later create the Peace Corps which continues to this day.
  • Relations with Congress
  • Score:65
  • President John F. Kennedy was very effective during his limited time in office because he accomplished many things such as easing tensions with the Soviet Union;“he spoke kindly of the Soviet Union, thereby easing the Cold War”. Kennedy also founded the Peace Corps, and set a vision towards space exploration. Even though he essentially created tensions involving foreign affair examples such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning to engage in the Vietnam war, Kennedy’s young personality with great leadership qualities and an influential vision of the future outweigh his downfalls
  • Performance within Context of Times
  • Score:80
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