Profile: John F. Kerry

By | August 23, 2020

[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.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

26 thoughts on “Profile: John F. Kerry

  1. Edward M. Kennedy, III

    For those who have watched the Democratic and the Republican Conventions (thru day 2 of it), there is an immense contrast. The differences come down to this — the Democrats are full of hate and envy. There is probably something about this in the Bible (yes, of course it is). Hate and envy will destroy. Just remember that. The riots and looting is all about hate and envy.

  2. the ace

    It took approximately 20 seconds for former Secretary of State John Kerry to drop the first flagrant lie in his Democratic National Convention speech on Tuesday, when he claimed that the Obama administration’s so-called Iran deal had “eliminated the threat of an Iran with a nuclear weapon.”

  3. Lynn Pitts

    Obama Secretary of State John Kerry helped deliver the disgraceful nuclear “agreement” that resulted in our funding the Iranian regime and placing it on the path to full membership in the nuclear club. How stupid can you get?

  4. Newtown Manager

    I’m looking forward to reading more of these. Please do one on Joe Biden next or his running mate. Thank you, Gen. Satterfield, these profiles are very valuable. People might argue that you have a bias in your selection of traits but no one can deny these are a part of the real person.

    1. Darwin Lippe

      So true, he is a complete narcissist !!!!! Fake to the core of his being and anyone who likes him as a politician for fear their own lack of good judgment.

  5. lydia truman

    I can’t wait until Gen. Satterfield gives us a profile on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Now that will be entertaining. He is just getting warmed up with John Kerry. He should also do a re-write on Pres Trump and one on Pence.

  6. Gil Johnson

    What is so surprising is that John Kerry is actually a truly smart guy with some charisma. He used it well.

    1. Otto Z. Zuckermann

      — but he let his arrogance get in his way. What’s up with that? I don’t like people that are like him. They make me want to run away. You would think, being so smart, that he could figure this out. But, IMO, his disgust for the rest of us is so overwhelming that he cannot get past it.

      1. Bart Rhodes

        I agree with you Otto. Kerry thinks we are all a bunch of knuckle draggers in “flyover country.” This is the same arrogance as Hillary Clinton.

      2. Kenny Foster

        Let’s not hit on Kerry too much here in these forums. There may be some good qualities of J. Kerry that we can learn from and that is one of the points of Gen. Satterfield’s profiles. For example, Kerry has been VERY SUCCESSFUL in life. Of course, success here is measured in money and political power. If so, then he is extremely successful, and well beyond what any of us might do. So keep that in mind when we criticize him. Oh, and leave his family out of it.

  7. Darryl Sitterly

    Excellent profile. I will suggest, in my humble opinion, that Gen. Satterfield has gone rather easy on Kerry’s arrogance. He is so full of himself that it is blinding. Even his best fans don’t like that about him. He has few friends outside politics and in fact if you wanted to be his friend, forget it. You have to be important or filthy rich … first and foremost.

    1. Dale Paul Fox

      YEAH, if you aren’t rich or extremely important (meaning he can get something from you), then he will have nothing to do with you. That’s why he treats the “little people” (you and me) with such disdain.

    2. JT Patterson

      This says a lot about his character …. or lack of.

      1. Bryan Lee

        Right on! Kerry should be put up in his mansion and only brought out occasionally to remind the nation what NOT to do as a leader.

    1. Mikka Solarno

      I’m with you old warrior. Kerry is a TRAITOR to the United States. He didn’t start out that way but he figure he would get more attention by following Jane Fonda than by being a good boy. Like the spoiled baby who throws a tantrum on the floor of the supermarket, Kerry throws his tantrums in public as well.

  8. Big Al

    John Kerry, always wrong, always will be, looking out for himself first and everybody else … just step aside. Maybe we will catch him wind surfing off the coast in Massachusetts.

    1. Randy Goodman

      Ha Ha, I have a picture in my head of him being so “privileged” that I’m a bit surprised he hasn’t been accused of it by the ‘woke’ Democrats in his party. He just wants money — oh, did I mention he married the Heinz window. Gazillion of dollars, he can’t afford to get divorced from her so he keeps in line with her thinking too. Got to please the money lady.

    2. Dennis Mathes

      When he was Sec of State, there were so many problems that the media had to cover it up. Scandal after scandal. Huge foreign affairs errors that set the world back decades. And people actually listen to this guy?

      1. Eric Coda

        No we don’t listen to him. The DEMO part just struts him out occassionally becuase he is a good speaker and says canned stuff about “climate change.” They love the climate change stick and Kerry will deliver. He’s making a lot of money on it.

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