As the 35th president John F. Kennedy had many accomplishments. He, “launched the United States on a quest to conquer the final frontier of space, set the pace at the beginning of the Cold War, and left an indelible mark on the American psyche.” His life is an example of someone who had a successful professional life while his personal life was destructive. Author Gary McIntosh says this about John F. Kennedy’s dark side:
“It has only been since his death, after decades of research into previously unavailable documents, that the American public has learned to what extent this was true. Once he attained the ultimate position of power, his dark side became evident to those around him. As president, he too flaunted his adulterous affairs before his wife. Had his term not been cut short by tragedy, it is likely that his dark side would eventually have created serious problems for him. One political insider said, “The whole dark side of John Kennedy wouldn’t emerge until after his death… We had hints of it; we saw it around the edges…. Then we began to see it. You just connected the dots, and there was a picture there (Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership Page 52, 53).”
John F. Kennedy’s story shows the importance of having people in your life that will help you stay away from your dark side. This can be done by having an inner circle of people, which should be people who,
Are growing and changing.
Speak truth and honesty into your life.
Know your story and background.
Care about you.
Know your strengths and weaknesses.
Hold you accountable.
Don’t care about your title or position.
Have a good track record.
Want to see you succeed.
How do you stay away from your dark side?