[August 23, 2020] Here in the United States, we are gearing up for the 2020 Presidential election, which occurs on November 3rd. With that in mind, I will be writing several leadership profiles, and today I begin with past Secretary of State John Kerry.
I chose Kerry because his traits reflect the traits of those now running for president, and he is an example of what mainstream folks see as the stereotypical politician. John Kerry is a politician and diplomat, U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, member of the Democratic Party, and attorney.
Kerry first came into the national public view when he became an anti-war activist, serving as a spokesman for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War organization. He described the U.S. government’s policy in Vietnam as the cause of war crimes. Kerry’s profile gained considerable prominence with his opposition to the Iraq War.
“I am committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct for government officials.” – John F. Kerry
Here are some of John Kerry’s leadership traits:
- Excellent motivator
- Dramatic orator and flamboyant
- Arrogant, aloof, and privileged
- Passionate about a future without fossil fuels
- Highly intelligent and manipulative
- Adaptive; seeks the “good life”
During John Kerry’s campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2004, his honesty and integrity were relentlessly attacked by a group known as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT). They claimed that Kerry willfully distorts the conduct of American service members during the Vietnam War, exaggerates claims about his own service in Vietnam, and deliberately misrepresents the activities of SBVT members. The attacks were very effective by helping ensure Kerry’s defeat.
John Kerry is certainly a controversial politician. He is seen as an “attack dog” on the Republican opposition. He is actively involved in the current presidential election and regularly speaks out against President Trump.