A recent survey by leadership training giant Virtuali found that 83% of today’s employees wish their managers were better communicators. But where do leaders turn when they need a model of good communications tools? Look no further than a recent U.S. President.
Elected in 1960, and serving as President for just over 1,000 days, John F. Kennedy still boasts the highest approval rating of any president since WWII. His history as a war hero, civil rights champion, inventor of the Peace Corps, and space travel visionary endear him to the public, but he is, perhaps, best remembered as one of America’s most effective communicators.
Whether addressing the nation during his inaugural speech, asking American University graduates to reexamine their attitudes toward world peace, or challenging our great nation to put a man on the moon, Kennedy communicated in a way that captured our attention and brought us along for the ride. How did he do this? No doubt, some of his success stemmed from natural charisma. But, much of his method can be understood and replicated.
Three Communication Lessons from Kennedy
Today’s employees want authentic and accessible communication from their leaders. President Kennedy understood that to communicate effectively, he had to understand his audience, care about what they wanted, and speak with candor and transparency – a powerful example as relevant today as when he led our great nation.
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