Remembering JFK on His 100th Birthday: The Difference Between High Performance and Low Performance Leaders

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

~John F. Kennedy

In celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of revered former president, John F. Kennedy, I wanted to share with you an excerpt of a keynote I was honored to give this month at the JFK Presidential Library on the difference between high performance and low performance leaders.


High performance leaders are generally in service of something larger than themselves. They are guided heart and mind by their deeper values, purpose and vision of an aspirational future.

I love these two quotes that epitomize this mindset, now needed more than ever:

I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas.

I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

~John F. Kennedy

In this 7 minute video, I share the specific qualities of high performance leaders.

Can you relate to these qualities? How do they hold up when dealing with your colleagues, customers or family, particularly when you’re faced with stress? Are you more reactive or creative?

And do those qualities make a difference to the bottom line?

As you’ll learn, these qualities of high performance leaders are far from “soft.” They have been scientifically correlated with leadership effectiveness and business performance.

Based on these qualities, would your team, colleagues or customers perceive you as a high performance leader or low performance leader?

Wherever you may be on your leadership development journey, the encouraging news is: you can enhance these high performance leadership qualities and behaviors by training your brain to shift your mindset.

As JFK famously said, “The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

With the mindset of a high performance leader, you have the capacity to transform the world!

If you want to learn more about how to better work your brain to shift your mindset, watch the full length video of my keynote by clicking here.

I deliver live workshops and keynotes to companies and healthcare organizations. To book me for a keynote or live workshop, call my office at: 858.481.2393 or email: support [at] (replace [at] with @)

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