The Charismatic Leadership of John F. Kennedy Persuasive Essay by Nicky

This paper discusses the perception of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's charismatic leadership.
# 145840 | 1,523 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper explains the four characteristics that lead to the perception of charismatic leadership; a crisis situation, potential followers in distress, an aspiring leader and a doctrine promising deliverance. The paper discusses several crises related to the Cold War, mainly the Cuban invasion, and shows how the view of President Kennedy's leadership and personality as charismatic is a direct result of these four characteristics.

From the Paper:

"The United States was in a state of controlled turmoil. Unknown dangers were threatened from enemies abroad, while moral concerns further eroded confidence at home. The nation was emerging from a decade of paranoia and fear stirred up by certain high-ranking members of the federal government. In this election year, a Democratic Senator would become one of the youngest men ever elected to the office of President of the United States of America in a historically barrier-breaking election. No, the year is not 2008, and the President is not Barack Obama. Instead, turning the calendars back to 1960 brings us the year that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected the thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, the youngest man ever elected to the office, as well as being the only Roman Catholic to ever hold the highest position in the nation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Freedom Doctrine Speech." (1961). WGBH Lectures. Accessed 21 January 2009. <>
  • "John F. Kennedy." (2009) About the White House: Presidents. Accessed 21 January 2009. <>
  • "John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Spartacus Educational. Accessed 21 January 2009. <>
  • O'Brien, M. (2005) John F. Kennedy. New York: Macmillan. Retrieved via Google Books 2 January 2009. <,M1>
  • Parekh, N. (2005). "John F. Kennedy Biography." Accessed 21 January 2009. <>

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